Gents Fall to NDSU on Road
Sunday, January 9, 2011
FARGO, ND-The Centenary men's basketball team was never able to gain the offensive momentum as it dropped a 76-60 contest at North Dakota State on Saturday evening in Summit League action.

The Gents (0-17, 0-6 Summit) was led by sophomore Jeron Trotman with 12 points and nine rebounds, one board shy of a double-double.

Centenary was never able to gain during the first half. Within four (16-12) with 11:16 to play, the Gents saw the Bison's lead begin to increase on several Centenary fouls. North Dakota State went on a 14-0 run on two three-pointers and an 8-of-9 effort from the free throw line.

Down 18 (30-14) after the run, Trotman hit Centenary's first field goal since the 11-minute mark at 4:37. The closest the Gents would come in the opening 20 minutes would be 14 (30-16) on a layup by freshman Aaron Harwell.

Following that shot, North Dakota State built a 21-point lead (43-22) into the second half.

Centenary opened the second half strong with made baskets from freshman Logan Lowery and Trotman, but the Gents would again see early foul trouble, giving the Bison free chances. Three pointers also sparked an offensive execution by North Dakota State as it gained its largest lead of the night at 30 (63-33) with 11:09 remaining.

The Gents would gain the momentum with a 9-1 run as freshman Quin Cooper had four points and Lowery drained a three. A final 12-5 tilt gave Centenary the late-game edge, but it wasn't enough to overcome the early deficit and hot-shooting by the Bison all night.

Centenary shot 44 percent (23-52) from the floor, but made an uncharacteristic two treys in nine attempts for 22 percent. Behind Trotman in scoring for the Gents were Harwell and Cooper with nine. Lowery and junior Maxx Nakwaasah each added seven, while freshman Andrew Rebol contributed with six.

North Dakota State shot 46 percent (20-44) from the floor, but hit 12-of-25 from the three-point line for 48 percent. Mike Felt had a game-high 21 points for the Bison off the bench.

Centenary out rebounded the Bison, 30 to 29. Trotman led the Gents on the boards with a game-best nine rebounds, while Rebol added four.

The Gents will return to action on Thursday, Jan. 15 when it hosts UMKC in the Gold Dome. Game time is set for 7 pm.