Better Second Half Not Enough in Loss at SDSU
Friday, January 7, 2011

BROOKINGS, S.D.-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.

Lowery poured in 12 points on two treys and a 5-of-8 performance from the floor. Sims, off the bench scored 10, surpassing his previous high of eight, which came at Western Illinois earlier this season. The forward hit 5-of-6 from the free throw line.

South Dakota State opened the game with a quick 13-0 run, and held Centenary without a field goal for the first six minutes of play. After a made free throw, Sims' three-pointer made it a 13-4 game.

The Gents would respond to the three with their own 7-0 tilt, as they took advantage of several Jackrabbit fouls. Sims continued to stay hot for Centenary, hitting both free throw attempts within that run.

South Dakota State was held without a basket from the 15-minute mark to the 11-minute mark, but would take over in the final 10 minutes of the opening half.

An 11-2 run sparked a 24-9 score with 7:28 left to play in favor of the home team, until Lowery put Centenary into double-digits on his drained three. South Dakota State would continue with its quick scoring effort with seven unanswered points (31-12).

The final five minutes gave way to Centenary's largest deficit of the first half at 23 (42-16) before the Gents were able to gain some late-half momentum to garner eight final points to the Jackrabbits' two in the last two minutes.

South Dakota State led 44-24 at half.

Sophomore Jeron Trotman and Lowery combined for nine of Centenary's first 11 points of the second half, but South Dakota State fired off three consecutive treys to pull ahead 60-35 after just five minutes of play.

The Jackrabbits stayed consistent offensively as they built a 30-point lead (81-51) late in the game. Centenary followed by hitting 5-of-7 from the free throw line, including three made charity shots from Cooper.

Sims' layup with one minute left gave the sophomore 10 points for a career-best.

Centenary finished the night, shooting 39 percent (21-54). Behind Lowery and Sims in scoring was freshman Aaron Harwell and Trotman with eight points. Junior Maxx Nakwaassah and Cooper added six points.

South Dakota State shot 51 percent (31-61) from the field and hit nine treys. Four of the five Jackrabbit starters scored in double-digits, led by Jordan Dykstra with a game-best 17 points. Dale Moss and Clint Sargent added 12 points.

The Gents were out rebounded 47 to 28. Trotman pulled down seven boards for the Gents, while Dykstra grabbed nine for the Jackrabbits.

Centenary kept its turnover total to just 10, but South Dakota State was just as good with 10 mistakes.

The Gents will continue their trip north with a game at North Dakota State on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm CT.