Gents First Half Lead Disappears in 83-70 Heartbreaker to NSU
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Despite the Gents shooting an impressive 55 percent from the floor and recording three double-figure scorers, the Centenary men's basketball team saw its first half lead disappear in a 83-70 heartbreaker to Northwestern State.

The Gents (0-5) were led by senior Maxx Nakwaasah with 19 points.  Freshman Logan Lowery notched a career high 15 points on 7-of-11 from the field along with four assists off of the bench.  Sophomore Leo Davis recorded his career high with 12 points, shooting three-of-four from the three-point line.

The first half opened up with a strong Northwestern State shooting performance as it went up six (13-7) with 15:03 to play. 

Davis drained his first trey of the night while Lowery's dunk tied the score 15-15 at the 12:02 mark.  Centenary took its first lead (17-16) on a layup by freshman Quin Cooper with 11 minutes to play in the first half.

The Gents first half lead began at the six minute mark on a layup by sophomore Travis Simms.  Centenary would continue to dominate offensively with a 14-2 run for five minutes.  During that run, Lowery connected on three layups for six points.  With that run, Centenary took an eight point lead (38-30) into the second half.

Northwestern State's defensive pressure challenged the Gents in the final 20 minutes forcing them into 15 turnovers. 

Centenary saw its early lead slip away as Demon Will Pratt score six points, helping the visitors narrow the deficit to three (42-39) just four minutes in.

After failing to execute, Northwestern State made it a tied game at 45-45, the sixth tie of the game.  Playing back and forth midway through the half, the Demons would later gain a 15 point lead on an 18-0 run.

That run would cap the win for Northwestern State despite and overall strong effort by the Gents.

Centenary's 55 percent (27-49) from the field was a season-high.  Behind Nakwaasah, Lowery, Davis in scoring was freshman Andrew Rebol with a career best seven points.  Sophomore Jeron Trotman added five for Centenary and senior Roman Tubner had a game-high seven assists.

The Gents faced foul trouble, allowing the Demons to shoot 24 more free throws, as they connected on 17 more than Centenary.

Northwestern State finished 52 percent (25-48) from the field.  Devon Baker and Will Pratt each paced the Demons with 22 points.

The Gents were edged in rebounding, 32-31.  Trotman pulled down a team-best six boards, while Nakwassah, Rebol, and Lowery each had four.

"I am thrilled with our effort.  This is the best overall game we've played all year.  With that effort, we have a lot of positives in front of us," said head coach Adam Walsh.

"Logan [Lowery] and Andrew [Rebol] had big games for us and Leo [Davis] stepped up and played well for us tonight."

Centenary will hit the road for one final game before the holidays, traveling to LSU on Wednesday for a 7 pm tip-off.