PREVIEW: Gents Wrap Up Road Trip at Wyoming
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball team will wrap up its draining road schedule when it travels to Wyoming for a Monday night contest. Tip-off is set for 8 pm CT.

The Centenary men's basketball team battled Big East Marquette in front of 14,116 fans to a 81-52 fall in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon. The Gents (0-12) played a solid opening half, but weren't able to execute from the free throw line when needed. Junior Maxx Nakwaasah led all scorers with 17 points and nearly recorded a double-double, but was two rebounds shy of that feat. Freshman Logan Lowery, off the bench drained two treys for 10 points.

Junior Maxx Nakwaasah has taken over the leadership role of the Gents as the most experienced
player on the squad. The forward nearly notched a double-double at Marquette, finishing with a game-best 17 points and eight boards to lead Centenary. Nakwaasah was 7-of-11 from the free throw line in a game that saw the Gents only make eight free shots. He played 38 minutes for the fourth time in his career.

Despite falling 81-52 to Marquette, Centenary saw itself hanging with the Big East squad for much of the first half, trailing by only 12 at half (36-24) after being down 8-0 to open the game. Centenary managed to hold its turnover total to a low 17, forcing Marquette into 15 mistakes on 11 steals.

Seeing more action of late, freshman Aaron Harwell is playing strong defense has he recorded
a career-high five steals against Marquette, which also was a game-high. Harwell currently leads the team of active players with 13 steals on the season.

After the trip north, Centenary will finally return home, having played eight games straight away from the Gold Dome. The Gents last saw a home crowd back on Nov. 22 against Northwestern State and will return home after the holiday break to host Summit League foes, Oakland and IPFW.

Jeron Trotman has used his 6'6" frame to tally 15 swats from the defensive end this year. The forward blocked 18 shots a year ago in limited action, but having proved to be a key inside force for the Gents, he is on his way to surpassing his debut season. Trotman is just 14 blocks away from cracking the Top 10 All-Time with 47.

The Centenary men's basketball team is still in search of its first win of the 2010-11 season. The Gents battled pre-season third ranked, IUPUI, to an eight-point loss (77-69) in Indy, before falling at Western Illinois by just six (57-51). Centenary is currently 0-11 and 0-9 on the road this season.

The Gents have proven to be road warriors once again as their schedule is set for 19 away contests and just 11 home games. Centenary is nearing the end of its brutal road schedule, with these final two games away from the Gold Dome. The road trip began back on Nov. 24 at LSU and will end on Dec. 20 at Wyoming.

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.

Wyoming will host Centenary with a 5-6 overall record and is riding a two-game win streak with its last win coming in a 80-37 blowout against Western State.

The Cowboys are 5-1 at home this season and are led by Desmar Jackson's 13.6 ppg. Djibril Thiam follows with 12.2 ppg and a team-best 5.4 rpg.

Centenary and Wyoming will meet for the second time in history on Monday as the two programs met back in 1947. The Cowboys earned a 63-43 win over the Gents.

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Centenary will return home to host Oakland at 7 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 28 and IPFW on Thursday, Dec. 30 at 7 pm in the Gold Dome for Summit League action.