PREVIEW: Gents Open Summit League Play at IUPUI, WIU
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball team will open its Summit League portion of the 2010-11 schedule this week as it travels to IUPUI for a Thursday, 6 pm CT tip-off, followed by a 7 pm CT start time at Western Illinois on Saturday.

LAST TIME OUT
The Centenary men's basketball team showcased its best shooting performance of the year, though, was dropped in its Summit League opener, 77-69, at IUPUI, on Thursday evening. The Gents (0-8, 0-1 Summit) saw four players reach double-figure scoring, led by junior Maxx Nakwaasah with 19 points, tying his season-best. Sophomore Jeron Trotman added 12 points and team-high nine rebounds, while sophomore Leo Davis and senior Roman Tubner added 13 and 10, respectively.

NAKWAASAH REACHES DOUBLE-FIGURES AGAIN
Junior Maxx Nakwaasah recorded his fifth double-figure scoring game against IUPUI this season. The forward has notched this feat 16 times in his three-year career as a Gent. The 19-point performance tied his season-best, but was three points shy of his career-best 22 points that came againt IPFW last season.

DAVIS DOING HIS PART
Sophomore Leo Davis recorded a career-best 13 points on Thursday at IUPUI off the bench. The guard was 5-of-8 from the floor and played 32 minutes, also a career-best. That performance marked the third straight double-figure game this season for Davis.

BENCH BRINGS BOAST TO LINEUP
Centenary's bench combined for 26 points on Tuesday, led by Davis' 13. He was followed by freshman Logan Lowery's nine points on a 4-of-8 shooting effort from the field. Classmate Quin Cooper added four points in just 10 minutes of play.

NOVEMBER WRAP UP
The Centenary men's basketball team finished the month of November with a 0-7 record, playing just two games in the Gold Dome. The Gents saw its best finish in an 82-70 loss to Arkansas-Monticello on Nov. 17 and played two competitive games against Northwestern State, despite falling in both.

Through the month, Maxx Nakwaasah paced Centenary with 10.6 ppg and a team-best 44 percent (27-61) from the field. Senior Roman Tubner leads the squad with 21 assists and seven steals. Sophomore Jeron Trotman pulls down 7.0 rebounds per game and has tallied 10 blocks this season.

SUMMIT LEAGUE STARTS
In the final year of play in The Summit League, the Centenary men's basketball team looks for its first win of the season and would like to improve from last year's play. The Gents finished the 2009-10 season with a 3-15 record against league opponents.

Centenary garnered a season sweep over IPFW with a 75-62 victory at home on Jan. 7 and an 80-78 thriller in Fort Wayne, Ind. on Feb. 6, while defeating Southern Utah in the Gold Dome in an overtime win (93-85) on Dec. 3 in its league opener a year ago.

TIME TO TRAVEL
Centenary will be on the road for the next seven contests after having met LSU in Baton Rouge. The road span will last over one month as the Gents will not see action in the Gold Dome again until Dec. 28 after the Christmas holidays.

LAST YEAR IN LEAGUE
Centenary will play its last year in The Summit League after announcing its transition to NCAA Division III next season. The College will join the competitive southern conference, the American Southwest Conference in 2011-12. This season features a DI schedule, but next year it will be full DIII.

19 ON ROAD. 11 AT HOME.
The Gents are scheduled to play 19 road games this season and just 11 contests in the Gold Dome. Of the 11, nine are Summit League games.

MORE THAN A MONTH AWAY
With an already grueling road schedule, the Gents will see themselves away from home for over a month of play as they are set to play eight games during the time of Nov. 24 with LSU-Dec. 28, including a competitive trip to Marquette and Wyoming during back-to-back games.

SCOUTING WESTERN ILLINOIS
Western Illinois is 3-4 on the season and is coming off a 71-58 loss to Oral Roberts at home. The Fighting Leathernecks snapped a three-game losing skid with a 69-63 win over Prairie View A&M prior to the meeting with the Golden Eagles.

Leading the way for Western Illinois offensively is Matt Lander with 17.7 points per game. He is followed by Ceola Clark III with 10.7 ppg. Kaimarr Price pulls down a team-best 5.5 rebounds per game.

CENTENARY-WESTERN ILLINOIS SERIES
Centenary and Western Illinois will meet for the 16th time on Saturday. More evenly matched, the Gents are down 9-5 in the series since the two teams first met back in 1959. Last season, Centenary fell both times to the Fighting Leathernecks, 64-55 and 70-51.

GAME COVERAGE
The Centenary vs Western Illinois game can viewed online at www.goleathernecks.com.