PREVIEW: Gents Set to Host All-Time Biggest Rival, NSU on Monday
Sunday, November 21, 2010
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball team will continue its four-game span of playing Louisiana schools, when its hosts Northwestern State, the all-time biggest rival in Gents history, on Monday at 7 pm in the Gold Dome.

LAST TIME OUT
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.

MAXX MAKES 12
Junior Maxx Nakwaasah led the way offensively for Centenary on Friday evening with 12 points on a 5-of-9 effort from the field. That performance was his 13th career double-digit scoring game and second this season.

ON BOARD WITH TROTMAN
Sophomore Jeron Trotman continues to lead the way for the Gents on the boards with seven rebounds against Tulane. The forward paces Centenary this season with 7.8 rebounds per game, totaling 31.

TURNOVERS PROVE COSTLY
After committing just 12 turnovers in its previous contest against Arkansas-Monticello, the Gents responded with 24 miscues at Tulane. The two games prior to the contest against the Green Wave, Centenary combined for 27 turnovers, but would allow Tulane to force them into 24 and score 31 points to the Gents' 4 off of turnovers alone.

IN NEED OF TREYS
Centenary has continued to struggle from long range this season, notching another under-par performance at 15 percent (2-13) from behind the three-point line. The Gents got makes from Nakwaasah and sophomore Leo Davis, but would fail to connect on the 11 other shot attempts.

This season, Centenary is shooting 22 percent from the three-point line on a 17-of-77 effort. Senior Roman Tubner leads the way, shooting 38 percent (3-8) from deep.

FREE THROW FUMBLES
Like most of their shooting efforts, Centenary, again put up a struggling 53 percent from the charity stripe at Tulane, making just 10-of-19 free attempts. On the season, only 57-of-99 from the line have found the bottom of the net for a low-58 percent.

COOPER NEARLY PERFECT
Despite a struggling team effort, freshman Quin Cooper, from the free throw line has performed well. In four games played, Cooper has made 11-of-12 from the charity stripe for a solid and impressive 92 percent. Against Tulane, he was 2-for-2.

OFFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS
Centenary is led offensively by Roman Tubner with 10.0 points per game and nine total assists. The guard is shooting 44 percent (11-25) from the floor for second-best on the team. Jeron Trotman leads the squad with a 47 percent effort from the field, making 15-of-32 shot attempts.

DEFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS
On the boards, Trotman averages 7.8 rebounds per contest, while Maxx Nakwaasah follows with 5.3 per game. Trotman also leads with seven blocks and freshman Aaron Harwell paces the team with four steals.

SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN STATE
Northwestern State is a member of the Southland Conference, located in Natchitoches, La. The Demons enter Monday's contest with a 2-2 record, having dropped contests to LSU and Memphis, while defeating HBU and UT-Martin.

NSU is led by Will Pratt, who is averaging 22.5 points per game off the bench. Following Pratt is Devon Baker with 17.3 ppg and Louis Ellis with 10.7 ppg. William Mosley paces the squad with 8.0 rebounds per game and 19 total blocks.

CENTENARY-NORTHWESTERN STATE SERIES
The biggest rivalry in all of Centenary men's basketball is against Northwestern State. The two teams will meet for the 155th documented contest. Centenary currently leads the all-time series 83-71 since the 1921 season.

The two teams met last season in the Gold Dome as the Demons defeated the Gents, 83-80. Centenary's last win against Northwestern State was a 105-90 win at home during the 2007 season.

GAME COVERAGE
Live stats and streaming will be available through www.GoCentenary.com, while radio broadcast will come from Demon Sports Network.

NEXT TIME OUT
Centenary will play its final game before the Thanksgiving holidays at LSU on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 7 pm in Baton Rouge, La.