Gents Return Home from LSU Empty Handed
Thursday, November 25, 2010
BATON ROUGE, La.-The Centenary men's basketball team was never able to gain any offensive momentum against LSU as the Tigers sent the Gents home with a 78-36 loss on Wednesday evening.

The Gents fell to 0-6 on the season despite coming out strong in the opening half.

Centenary was led offensively by sophomore Leo Davis with 10 points. Sophomore Travis Sims and freshmen Aaron Harwell and Brandon Joseph finished with four each.

LSU went up 8-1 before Centenary would score its first field goal. Though when the Gents hit the first, the next two came easy as freshman Logan Lowery, Davis and junior Maxx Nakwaasah each drained a three-pointer to produce a quick 9-4 run and narrow the deficit to two (12-10) with 12:30 left to play in the opening half.

Despite a solid run by Centenary, the Tigers, with fewer than six minutes to play, used a 14-5 tilt to go ahead 30-15. Davis would score the five points for the Gents.

Sims connected on the two final baskets of the half, but LSU finished with eight to lead 39-21 at half.

LSU's second-half start was similar to Centenary in the first 20 minutes as it fired off four straight treys for a 9-2 run, gaining a 52-23 advantage. Sophomore Jeron Trotman's jumper halted the run for one possession.

The Tigers used 17 unanswered points midway through the half to increase their lead by 44 (69-25). Off the bench, Harwell gave Centenary a spark with two layups, while newcomers Joseph, sophomore Baba Diallo, along with Harwell score the final six points off the bench for the Gents.

Centenary shot a low 28 percent (13-46) from the field and just 60 percent (6-10) from the charity stripe. The Gents looked promising from the behind the three-point mark early, but would run into a challenge, going 0-for-7 in the second half to wrap up a 27 percent (4-15) from deep on the game.

LSU was better at 48 percent (29-61) from the floor and hit 10-of-24 three-pointers for 42 percent.

Centenary was out rebounded 43-26, as Lowery recorded a career-best eight boards for a team-high. The Kingwood, Texas native also tallied two assists, three steals and one block in a season-high 32 minutes played.

Andre Stringer led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points, while Malcolm White added 14. Garrett Green pulled down a game-high nine boards off the bench for LSU.

Centenary only committed 15 turnovers to LSU's nine, however the Tigers tallied 22 points off the Gents' mistakes.

The Gents will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Northwestern State. Tip-off is set to begin at 7:45 pm, following the women's game at 5:45 pm in Natchitoches, La.