Gents See Lead Slip Away; Fall 82-55 at NSU
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

NATCHITOCHES, La.-Junior Maxx Nakwaasah recorded his second career double-double, but it wasn't enough as the Centenary men's basketball team saw its early lead slip away, falling 82-55 to Northwestern State on Tuesday evening in Natchitoches, La. 

The Gents (0-7) were forced into 21 turnovers and the Demons used that to produce 26 points. Despite a 27-point deficit, Centenary maintained an early lead for much of the first half.

Nakwaasah would pace the Gents offensively with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Jeron Trotman also finished in double-figures with 11 points and nearly missed a double-double, pulling down eight boards.

Coming out with its best start of the season, a 6-0 run to open the game, Centenary got four points from freshman Jonathan Blount and two from senior Roman Tubner off of hustle plays and a winning of the tip.

Northwestern State's Will Pratt scored the next five points for the Demons to narrow the deficit to three at 10-7, but the Gents would manage to stay composed and hold onto a lead.

Centenary would go up by seven (18-11), the largest lead of the half, after Nakwaasah put up six points for the Gents during that tilt. The Demons would respond with a 9-2 run to tie the score at 20-20 with just under seven minutes to play, though a Nakwaasah three would widen the gap once again.

Northwestern State took advantage of several Centenary fouls to gain its first lead of the half with 2:08 to play, leading by one (29-28). That free throw was part of a 7-0 run by the Demons as they went up 33-28 with under a minute remaining.

The score would even four times before the end of the first half, but Centenary would see itself down 33-29 heading into the final 20 minutes.

Another strong start happened for the Gents as they put up the first four points to once again, tie the score at 33-33. Though, Northwestern State held Centenary three full minutes without a field goal and scored eight unanswered points to go ahead 41-33.

Using its height and powerful inside game, Northwestern State extended its lead to 13 (51-38) with just under 12 minutes remaining in the contest.

Three points by Trotman off a free throw and a lay up, along with consecutive treys from freshman Logan Lowery and Blount sparked a Centenary offensive run, narrowing the score to six (54-48) with 7:30 to play.

Northwestern State would take advantage of its late opportunities to pull away from Centenary by 19 (70-51) when it nailed several late three pointers. The Demons proved too much in the end, taking the season sweep over the Gents.

Centenary finished the night 39 percent (20-52) from the floor, but was only 3-of-11 for 27 percent from behind the three-point arc.

Blount and Lowery added eight points for the Gents, while Tubner chipped in with seven and five assists.

Northwestern State shot 48 percent (29-60) from the field. Pratt led the Demons in scoring with 17 points. William Mosley added 11 and finished with 11 blocks.

Centenary was edged in rebounds, 39-38.

The Gents will return to action on Thursday when it travels to IUPUI for a 6 pm CT tip-off, followed by a 7:30 pm start at Western Illinois on Saturday.