PREVIEW: Gents Wrap up 2010; Host IPFW on Thursday
Sunday, December 26, 2010

SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball team wraps up the 2010 calendar year when it host IPFW on Thursday in the Gold Dome. Tip-off is set for 7 pm.  

The Centenary men's basketball team is coming off a month-long road trip and was tested in the Gold Dome on Tuesday night as Summit League's pre-season favorite, Oakland, walked away with a 98-71 win over the Gents. Centenary (0-14, 0-3) would fall to 0-3 in league play as Oakland (8-8, 3-0) remained perfect at 3-0.

13 IN 15 FOR B-5
Centenary freshman Jonathan Blount had his strongest showing of his debut season against Oakland, tallying 13 points, off the bench, in just 15 minutes of play. The guard was 3-of-6 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. He surpassed his previous high of eight points, which happened twice, as the last came at Northwestern State on Nov. 30.

Junior Maxx Nakwaasah has had to lead the team as the most experienced Gents on the young squad this season. Playing a small forward, Nakwaasah is pacing Centenary with a team-best 10.8 ppg. The Dallas, Texas native is shooting 41 percent (51-126) from the floor this season and is seeing the most minutes at 29 minutes per contest. He is coming off a 16-point performance against Oakland in the Gents' last outing.

Sophomore Jeron Trotman recorded his third career double-double and second of the season in Centenary's game at Wyoming. The power forward poured in 15 points and pulled down a game-best 12 boards on the road and is second-best on the team in scoring with 8.9 ppg and first with 7.1 rebounds ppg.

Freshman Aaron Harwell is averaging 13.8 minutes a game and has stolen the show the last several contests as he currently leads Centenary with 21 steals in just 13 games played. The guard has tallied 13 steals in the last three games, including a season-best 5 at Marquette last week.

Jeron Trotman has used his 6'6" frame to tally 17 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 12 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 0-14 and 0-11 on the road this season.

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.

Adam Walsh is in his first year at the helm of the Centenary men's basketball program. The former Gent assistant took over the program when Greg Gary departed at the conclusion of last season. Walsh is a 2000 graduate of High Point University and is in his first year as a head coach.

IPFW is off to a strong start this season, holding an overall record of 8-4 and a Summit League mark of 3-0. In their last outing, the Mastodons earned a 77-73 win over Oral Roberts in Tulsa. IPFW rode a six-game win streak until it dropped two in a row to Valpo and Purdue.

The Mastodons have four players averaging in double-figures, led by Ben Botts' 13.6 ppg. Frank Gaines follows with 12.5 ppg and a team-best 6.8 rpg, while Zach Plackemeier and Jeremy Mixon with 10.9 and 10.1 ppg, respectively.

Centenary and IPFW will meet for the ninth time in school history. The Mastodons own a 5-3 record over the Gents since they first met back in 2003. Centenary secured a season sweep over IPFW last year for two of its three wins against the Mastodons. In the last outing on Feb. 6, 2010, Nakwaasah recorded a double-double, scoring 18 points and pulling down 10 boards for Centenary in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The Centenary-IPFW game will be available via live stats and live streaming on

Following Thursday's game, Centenary will travel to South Dakota State on Jan. 6 and North Dakota State on Jan. 8, before returning home to host UMKC and Southern Utah in the Gold Dome.