Gents Showcase Best Outing of Year; Fall at IUPUI by Eight
Friday, December 3, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-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.

Free throws proved to be the difference in the eight-point loss as IUPUI (4-4, 1-0 Summit) fired off 82 percent (18-22) compared to Centenary's 53 percent (9-17).

IUPUI's Mitchell Patton hit the first nine points for the Jaguars as Centenary trailed by only three (9-6) after Nakwaasah's three and a Trotman layup.

Just under 15 minutes to play, Davis and freshman Logan Lowery dial up treys from deep and even the score at 14-14. The tie proved to be the closest Centenary would come in the first half.

Centenary would make it interesting at the 11:30 mark when Nakwaasah's two made free throws brought the Gents within one after having suffered a small deficit. But a minute later, IUPUI would nail back-to-back three pointers to pull ahead by seven (23-16).

Nakwaasah and Davis contributed to a short 4-0 run by the Gents, holding IUPUI scoreless for three full minutes, though, Preseason First Team All-League selection Alex Young, would keep the Jaguars on top with a three.

Cooper, off the bench, gave Centenary a late first-half spark with consecutive baskets to narrow the score to four (30-26) with 4:23 left in the opening half.

IUPUI would wrap up with a solid 11-2 run to gain a 41-28 advantage at half.

The Jaguars continued to build on their first-half lead, executing a 12-3 run to go up 56-32. Davis hit a jumper at the 17:00 minute mark, but IUPUI managed to hold Centenary five minutes without its next as Trotman's layup at 12:25 ended the lack of field goal run.

Despite being down, Trotman scored six straight and helped the Gents to a 16-5 run midway through the half, making it a 61-49 game with less than eight minutes to play.

Tubner and Nakwaasah fired off treys to pull within 10 (65-55), but due to time, Centenary was forced to foul to regain possession of the ball late down the stretch.

The Jaguars were able to successful make their free shots, producing a 7-2 run. With two minutes remaining, the Gents saw an offensive spark when Tubner and Davis sank long balls to trim IUPUI's late lead to nine (74-65) with one minute left.

After two made free throws by the Jaguars, Tubner slashed to the hoop for two, but time would run out just as Centenary saw its chances within reach.

Centenary shot and impressive 46 percent (26-57) from the floor and drained 8-of-16 for 50 percent from deep.

Behind the four Gents in double-digits was Lowery with nine.

IUPUI, who was selected to finish third in The Summit League this season, shot slightly slower than the Gents at 45 percent (26-58) and made 7-of-21 from behind the three-point line for 33 percent.

Young led the Jaguars with 22 points, while Leroy Nobles added 20.

Centenary managed to garner 34 rebounds, tying IUPUI on the boards.

The Gents also held their turnovers in check with just 12 on the game.

Centenary will continue its Summit League road tour at Western Illinois on Saturday at 7 pm, following the Ladies' game at 4:30 pm.