Gents Face Sharp-Shooting UAM Squad; Fall 82-70 in Home Opener
Thursday, November 18, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Sophomore Jeron Trotman paced the Centenary men's basketball team with a double-double and senior Roman Tubner had a game-high 21 points, as the Gents fell in their home opener, 82-70, to Arkansas-Monticello on Wednesday evening in the Gold Dome.

The Gents (0-3) shot 38 percent (24-62) from the floor.  Behind Tubner in scoring were Trotman and junior Maxx Nakwaasah with 12 points each.  Sophomore Travis Sims and freshman Jonathan Blount added eight to the offense.

Trotman led the way on the boards with 11 rebounds for a double-double.  Sims finished with six rebounds.

Centenary quickly saw themselves down by 16 (19-3) at 12:56 as Arkansas-Monticello (1-0) held the Gents to just one field goal in the first seven minutes. 

Freshman Logan Lowery's jumper at the 14:07 put the Gents on board from the floor.

The first eight minutes of the game, Centenary turned the ball over six times, but mid-way through the half, the Gents offensive momentum picked up and consistency in ball control resulted in no turnovers for the remainder of the half.

Trotman's layup at 9:58 sparked a 15-5 run which included which included 6 points from Nakwaasah.  Centenary continued to make a run narrowing the early deficit by 5 (36-31) with 2:45 to play in the first half on a Tubner layup. 

To finish the half, the Boll Weevils went on a 6-1 run to go up 42-32 into halftime.

The second half began with a 14-3 run by the visitors to gain a 21-point advantage (56-35) over the Gents.

Nakwaasah and Sims hit back-to-back shots, while Blount drained back-to-back treys to put the Gents back within reach.

Freshman Andrew Rebol's free throw made it a nine point game (61-52) but that was the closest Centenary would come the remainder of the contest.

Centenary saw itself run into foul trouble as three starters were forced to the bench late in the game.

With 2:04 to play, Arkansas-Monicello connected on two free throws to gain a late 17-point lead over the Gents.

Tubner and freshman Quin Cooper continued to pace the offense with late layups, but it was not enough as the Boll Weevils won by 12.

Centenary struggled from the free throw line, shooting 62 percent (16-26) and 23 percent (6-26) from behind the three-point line.

Arkansas-Monticello was led offensively by Sergio Crowe and LA Farmer with 19 points apiece.  Ricardo Hall finished with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.

The Boll Weevils finished the night 25-of-49 for 51 percent from the floor.

Despite being undersized, the Gents were only four rebounds (39-34) shy of Arkansas-Monticello.

Centenary will be back in action on Friday at Tulane for a 7 pm tip-off.