PREVIEW: Gents Continue Tennessee Trip at UT-Martin
Sunday, November 14, 2010

SHREVEPORT-Coming off its season opener, the Centenary men's basketball team will continue its Tennessee road tour at UT-Martin on Monday, beginning at 7 pm CT.

LAST TIME OUT
The Centenary men's basketball team and first-year head coach Adam Walsh were challenged in their season debut as they faced No. 19 Memphis, falling 104-40 on Friday evening in the first game of the Global Sports Challenge.

TOUGH START
Rostering 11 newcomers, Centenary faced probably its toughest test of the season in his debut as it was forced to battle No. 19 Memphis in front of 17,792 fans at the FedExForum. Although the Gents were able to hang with the Tigers initially, Memphis, with one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, pulled away quickly and managed to carry its early lead into a balanced attack over the course of the game.

14 SEE ACTION
With 16 active roster members, 14 saw action in Game 1 of the 2010-11 season. Four players recorded over 20 minutes in starters Jeron Trotman, Leo Davis, Roman Tubner and key reserve Logan Lowery.

SHOOTING STRUGGLES
Centenary was never able to gain any offensive momentum, firing off a low 26 percent from the floor in a 12-of-46 effort, including a 2-of-15 outcome from behind the three-point line. The Gents ended up struggling from both the floor and the free throw line, despite hitting 9-of-9 in the first half from the charity stripe.

Along with its shooting struggles, Centenary faced Memphis who connected on 33-of-60 from the floor for an impressive 55 percent, its third straight 50 percent of better performance this season.

SECOND-HALF STUMBLES
The Gents managed to only put up 20 points in each of the halves, but the second half offered a chance at 13 free shots, but Centenary was only able to sink five from the free throw line during that time.

3 SCORE 6
Without a solid offensive attack, Centenary high scorers netted six points on the evening. Three Gents led the way with six points each as Trotman and Tubner netted two baskets and two free throws and Lowery, a freshman, nailed a three, a two, and one-of-two from the line.

TROTMAN LEADS IN GAME 1
Trotman, a sophomore, paced Centenary in both offensive scoring and on the boards with six points and five rebounds. Playing 28 minutes, the most of any player in Game 1, the forward, defensively pulled down four and recorded one block.

STARTERS SINK 8-OF-9
Centenary starters Travis Sims, Trotman, Tubner, Leo Davis, and Maxx Nakwaasah combined for 8-of-9 from the free throw line, despite a team effort of 14-of-22. Four of the five drained their two attempts.

STEALING HARWELL
Freshman Aaron Harwell played well defensively making three steals. The guard played just a limited 17 minutes, but dished off two assists and scored four points.

SCOUTING UT-MARTIN
UT-Martin is a DI institution in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Skyhawks produced a record of 4-25 overall during 2009-10 and a 1-17 mark in conference play to finish 10th. Three starters from last year's squad return and eight newcomers.

Benzor Simmons returns as UT-Martin's top returner, after averaging 13.6 points per game a year ago.

UT-MARTIN AFTER ONE
UT-Martin will host Centenary after opening the season against MacMurray. The Skyhawks took a 70-49 advantage in the debut. Reuben Clayton led the offensive with 18 points, while teammate Ron Spencer pulled down a game-high 10 boards.

CENTENARY-UT-MARTIN HISTORY
Centenary will meet UT-Martin for just the third time in history on Monday. The Gents and Skyhawks are tied 1-1 all-time after facing each other twice during the 2000-01 season. The first meeting came in a 56-69 loss by Centenary, while the Gents responded later in the year with a 78-66 win to even the series.

LIVE STATS AVAILABLE
Live stats will be available for Monday's game free of charge for any fan interested. To view, visit www.utmsports.com.

NEXT TIME OUT
Following Monday's contest, Centenary will return to Shreveport to host its home opener against Arkansas-Monticello on Wednesday at 7 pm CT in the Gold Dome.