Gents Show Fight at UAM; Fall 71-62 on Road
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
MONTICELLO, Ark.-Sophomore Jeron Trotman recorded his second career double-double and freshman Logan Lowery drained a career-best, but the Centenary men's basketball team wasn't able to fend off a competitive Arkansas-Monticello team late, falling 71-62 on Tuesday evening in non-conference action.

The Gents (0-10) received a career-best performance from Trotman, who scored 19 points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds. Lowery poured in 16 points off the bench and was 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

Also seeing double-figures was senior Roman Tubner with 12 points and junior Maxx Nakwaasah with 10.

Centenary jumped out to an early 5-0 lead on five unanswered points by Tubner. Though, the Boll Weevils began to chip away at the Gents lead, gaining its first advantage at 13:30, going ahead by one (7-6).

Lowery and Trotman gave Centenary some spark off the bench with the next six points, but UAM would continue to use its strong inside game to keep the score at even kill.

Freshman Jonathan Blount drained a three from the left side that sparked an offensive push by the Gents, as they went back ahead by five with under seven minutes to play. During that short run, the Boll Weevils were held without a field goal. 

Centenary struggled to execute several offensive opportunities during a 14-3 tilt, only connecting on one field goal, a fast break from sophomore Leo Davis to Nakwaasah with 15 seconds to play.

It was that push by UAM that allowed the Boll Weevils to finish out the first half with a 29-23 lead.

UAM opened up with back-to-back treys to extend its lead to 13 (36-23) before Centenary would get its first basket on a layup by Trotman.

Freshman Aaron Harwell sparked an aggressive approach on defense that gave the Gents life. Forcing the Boll Weevils into unsuccessful attempts, Centenary would take advantage of that, using eight unanswered points to pull within two (42-40). Trotman accounted for six points for the Gents.

Centenary would begin to see a change of pace, committing four consecutive turnovers and allowing UAM to fire off back-to-back three pointers and extend its lead to 11 (52-41) with 6:10 left.

Lowery hit the next five for Centenary, surpassing his career-best, but late free throws by the Boll Weevils would separate the score in the final minutes of play.

Centenary shot 40 percent (22-55) from the floor, but would only connect on one three pointer in 12 attempts for eight percent.

The Gents would out rebound the Boll Weevils, 36 to 34. Behind Trotman's 14 boards, Nakwaasah tallied six.

UAM shot 48 percent (23-48) from the field, led by Jerrell Boswell with 21 points.

Centenary will return to action on Saturday at ULM in a 6 pm CT tip-off in Monroe, La.