Turnovers Prove Costly in Gents 77-36 Loss at Tulane
Saturday, November 20, 2010
NEW ORLEANS, La.-The Centenary men's basketball team struggled to respond to a late scoring effort by in-state rival, Tulane, suffering a 77-36 loss on Friday evening in non-conference action.

The Gents dropped to 0-4 on the season, while the Green Wave improved to 2-1.

Junior Maxx Nakwaasah led Centenary's offense with 12 points on a 5-of-9 performance from the floor. Sophomore Jeron Trotman followed with nine points and finished with a team-best seven boards.

Trotman opened the scoring gates for Centenary as his jumper at 18:59 put the Gents on board. However, Tulane would respond with its first field goal on a fast break layup just 58 seconds later.

The Green Wave would use a 10-0 run to take control early in the first half. Trotman and Nakwaasah combined for the next five points for Centenary, narrowing the score with five at 12-7, the closest it would come during the opening 20 minutes.

Despite playing within reach midway through the half, the Gents' offense became silent as they only found success from the field once in 13 tries on a layup by freshman Logan Lowery in the final 13 minutes of play. The Green Wave would take a 35-14 lead into the second half.

Tulane would force Centenary into 13 first-half turnovers, committing just four on its end.

After an offensive-struggling first half, Centenary used a 9-2 run to pull within 14 (37-23) sparked by four points from Nakwaasah and a three for sophomore Leo Davis.

With 8:45 left to play, Tulane took advantage of its field goal opportunities, firing off an impressive 23-3 run over the Gents to cap a 77-36 win at home.

Centenary shot 28 percent (12-43) from the floor and a low 15 percent (2-13) from behind the three-point line. Again, the Gents shot poorly from the free throw line, making just 10-of-19 for 53 percent.

Four players notched double-figures for Tulane, led by Kris Richard with 15 points, while Kendall Timmons and Jordan Callahan contributed with 12 points apiece.

The Green Wave finished the night at 43 percent (27-63) from the field and 18-of-22 from the charity stripe.

Centenary was out rebounded 41-36 and was forced into 24 turnovers to the Green Wave's shockingly-low eight miscues.

The Gents will return home to continue its in-state rival span, hosting Northwestern State on Monday at 7 pm in the Gold Dome.