PREVIEW: Gents Set for Home Opener, Wednesday
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball team returns home to host Arkansas-Monticello in its home opener on Wednesday at 7 pm in the Gold Dome.

Senior Roman Tubner and sophomore Jeron Trotman each scored in double-figures, while junior Maxx Nakwaasah pulled down a career-best 12 boards, but it wasn't enough as the Centenary men's basketball team dropped its second straight game of the Global Sports Challenge on the road, falling 79-56 to Tennessee-Martin on Monday night. The Gents (0-2) ran into late offensive struggles, netting just one field goal in the final 14 minutes, allowing UTM (2-0) to gain the upper hand late and secure the win.

Maxx Nakwaasah, standing at just 6-3, out played his teammates and opponents on the boards, notching a game-high 12 rebounds on Monday at Tenneesse-Martin. The 12 boards were also the small forward's career-best, exceeding his previous career-high of 10, which he recorded three times. This game marked the fourth game in his three-year career where he tallied double-figure rebounds. The effort also proved to be a balanced attack as he pulled down five offensive and seven defensive rebounds.

Jeron Trotman missed reaching his first career double-double by two rebounds as he tallied 11 points and eight boards on Monday at Tennessee-Martin. The sophomore forward also recorded three blocks in the game and played a career-best 32 minutes.

Roman Tubner currently paces the team in scoring average with 9.5 points per game and six total assists from the guard position. Trotman leads the team in shooting percentage from the floor at 47 percent (7-15), while freshman Quin Cooper is 9-of-10 for 90 percent from the charity stripe off the bench.

Trotman averages 6.5 rebounds per game and has tallied 10 defensive boards to lead Centenary, while Nakwaasah follows with 6.0 rebounds a game. Newcomer Aaron Harwell leads with three steals, all of which came in Game 1 at Memphis. Trotman also has garnered four blocks, three coming against UT-Martin.

Centenary has attempted 54 free throws in two games played, but has only connected on 31 for just 57 percent to its opponents' 72 percent. The Gents are led from the line by sophomore Travis Sims with a 4-for-4 effort, while Cooper is 9-of-10.

Centenary wasn't able to find any offensive momentum on Monday, shooting just 33 percent from the field in a 16-of-48 performance. In two games played, the Gents are shooting 30 percent (28-94) from the floor and 9-of-38 from behind the arch for 24 percent.

Against UT-Martin, Centenary went the final 14 minutes of play with just one field goal. Tubner drained a three at the 14:15 mark and Sims connected on a layup with seven seconds to play for Centenary's only basket other than free throws in the second half.

Centenary returns home for its home opener in the Gold Dome after playing its first two games on the road in Tennessee. The Gents will follow with a short trip to New Orleans to face Tulane and then will return home for an in-state rival contest against Northwestern State on Monday, Nov. 22 at 7 pm.

Arkansas-Monticello is a DI institution and a member of the Gulf South Conference. The Boll Weevils will play its first official game when it comes to Shreveport after dropping an 80-73 contest at North Texas in exhibition play on Nov. 10. In the loss, LA Farmer paced UAM with 23 points and 11 boards, while Ricardo Hall added 21 points.

Centenary and Arkansas-Monticello will meet for the first time in history on Wednesday. The two teams are scheduled to play each other twice this season.

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Following Wednesday's contest, Centenary will travel to New Orleans to face in-state foe, Tulane, on Friday at 7 pm.