PREVIEW: Gents Travel to NDSU
Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Freshman Logan Lowery led Centenary with 12 points and sophomore Travis Sims recorded a career-best 10 points, but a strong second half wasn't enough in an 86-62 loss at South Dakota State on Thursday evening in Summit League play. The Gents (0-16, 0-5 Summit) shot 52 percent from the floor in the second half, but a strong offensive effort from the Jackrabbits (11-4, 3-1 Summit) all game gave way to Centenary's fifth league loss.

Freshman Aaron Harwell played a career-high 27 minutes in Centenary's outing against IPFW. The guard racked up a career-best 13 points on a 4-of-9 shooting effort from the floor and a 5-of-8 effort from the free throw line. He also led the Gents with three assists and four steals.

Freshman Quin Cooper played a career-high 21 minutes and scored career-best 10 points for Centenary against IPFW. The shooting guard drained 2-of-2 from the three-point line and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field. He surpassed his previous high of nine points, which came the game before against Oakland. That was the first double-digit scoring performance for the freshman. Sims, tallied 10 points at SDSU for a career-best as the sophomore was 5-of-6 from the free throw line. That was the forwards first career double-digit game as he surpassed his previous high of eight points which came earlier this season at Western Illinois.

Walsh has had to rely heavily on his bench of late as all 12 active players have seen action the last three contests. The Gents had six guys play at least 20 minutes, including career-highs for Jonathan Blount (29 min) and Aaron Harwell (32 min). Centenary was able to garner 27 of its 62 points against SDSU from his bench, 10 of which came from Travis Sims.

The Gents continue to pace The Summit League in steals this season with a total of 108 and 7.2 per game. Centenary is followed by South Dakota State with 6.6 per game. Jeron Trotman ranks fifth in rebounding with 6.9 boards per game and is fourth in blocks with 1.2 per game, while Aaron Harwell ranks first in steals with 1.8 per game.

Aaron Harwell is averaging 15.9 minutes a game and has stolen the show the last several contests as he currently leads Centenary with 25 steals in just 15 games played. The guard has tallied 17 steals in the last five games, including a season-best 5 at Marquette on Dec. 18.

Jeron Trotman has used his 6'6" frame to tally 19 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, as he has now surpassed his debut season total. Trotman is just 10 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 0-16 and 0-12 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.

North Dakota State enters Saturday's contest with an 8-6 overall record and a 2-2 mark in league play. The Bison are coming off an 80-74 win over Oral Roberts on Thursday, which snapped a three-game skid. Of the eight wins for NDSU, five have come at home as the Bison are a perfect 5-0 in their own arena.

Michael Tveidt leads the way with 15.0 ppg, while Eric Carlson follows with 11.4. Marshall Bjorklund paces the team with 6.4 boards a contest.

Centenary and NDSU will meet for the eighth time in school history as the Bison are holding a perfect 7-0 record over the Gents since they first met back in 2007.

The Centenary-NDSU game will be available via live stats and live streaming on www.gobison.

Following Saturday's contests, the Gents will return home to host UMKC on Thursday at 7 pm and Southern Utah on Saturday at 4:30 pm in the Gold Dome.