Gents End Road Span with Loss at Wyoming
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyoming-A double-double by sophomore Jeron Trotman proved to be not enough as the Centenary men's basketball team concluded its eight-game road span with a 76-49 loss at Wyoming on Monday evening in non-conference action.

The Gents (0-13) were challenged all night by a consistent offensive effort by the Cowboys (6-6). Trotman poured in 15 points and pulled down 12 boards, recording his third career double-double and second of the season.

Playing an overall solid first half, sophomore Travis Sims would put Centenary on board at 19:15 with the Gents' first three of the night. Tied at 5-5, Wyoming went up 16-5 after 11 unanswered points all off of Centenary turnovers.

Freshman Logan Lowery drained his first trey of the contest at 12:21 to break up the Cowboy threat. Midway through the half, a 5-0 run was produced by the Gents on a Maxx Nakwaasah jumper and an executed three-point play by Trotman.

Working hard to keep the score within a 10-point deficit, Lowery continued to showcase an strong effort from the field, hitting a three and a jumper for five straight points to narrow the score to seven (28-21) with 3:45 left to play.

Wyoming would dominate the final three minutes of the opening half, tallying nine straight points to gain a 37-21 lead with less than a minute on the clock. Freshman Jonathan Blount's three-pointer found the bottom of the net for the final field goal of the half for Centenary.

The Gents trailed the Cowboys, 39-24 at half.

Trotman scored the first six points for Centenary in a three-minute time span, but Wyoming held its lead at 16 (46-30) in the early going of the final half.

Down by 20 (52-32) with just over 14 minutes to play, the Gents put together a short 5-0 tilt thanks to a three by Sims, his second of the night and a layup by Trotman.

Freshmen Andrew Rebol and Aaron Harwell helped narrow the score to 58-43 on layups and free throws with 5:35 left to play. But forced to take contested shots and battle a dominant inside game from Wyoming, as the Cowboys extended their lead significantly.

Producing a 12-4 run in the final minutes of play, Wyoming connected on four dunks and six free throws and managed to hold Centenary without a field goal for four straight minutes.

Centenary shot 38 percent (28-53) from the field and hit 4-of-11 for 36 percent from behind the three-point line.

Following Trotman in scoring was Harwell with a career-best eight points off the bench. Lowery added seven and Sims contributed with six.

Wyoming finished the night shooting 48 percent (28-52) from the floor. Desmar Jackson led the Cowboys with a game-best 21 points, while Djibril Thiam added a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Centenary was out rebounded by six, 39-33. Trotman pulled down 12, while Harwell was second with five, another career-high.

The Gents were forced into 25 turnovers on 14 steals as Wyoming scored 22 points off Centenary's mistakes.

Centenary will return home for the holidays and follow up with Summit League play on Tues., Dec. 28 when it hosts Oakland at 7 pm in the Gold Dome. Following that contest, the Gents will host IPFW on Thurs., Dec. 30 at 7 pm.