PREVIEW: Gents Road Tour Begins Down South
Monday, January 17, 2011

SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball team will wrap up its non-conference portion of the 2010-11 season when it travels south to Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday for a 7:05 pm tip-off in the Cajundome.

The Centenary men's basketball team out scored Southern Utah in the second half, but a solid opening half by the Thunderbirds propelled them to an 88-75 win over the Gents on Saturday evening in the Gold Dome. The Gents (0-19, 0-8 Summit) faced Southern Utah (5-12, 2-5 Summit), who shot an impressive 58 percent on the night and made 29 free throws.

Junior Maxx Nakwaasah recorded a career-high 24 points against UMKC with a 7-of-17 effort from floor and 7-of-11 from free throw line. The junior also notched a double-double in that game with a career-tying 12 rebounds for his fourth career double-double and second this season. Nakwaasah also led Centenary on Saturday against Southern Utah with 22 points and five rebounds. For the week, Nakwaasah averaged 23.0 points per game and 8.5 rebounds a contest.

It took 18 games this season for every player to record a game start. Adam Walsh rosters 12 players and everyone has been a part of a starting lineup. Jeron Trotman and Maxx Nakwaasah each have the most starts this season with 16 in the 18 games played, while Leo Davis has 12 and Andrew Rebol has 10.

Centenary is led in assists by Leo Davis with 33 dishes, but seven other Gents have at least 10 assists this season. Following the guard is Aaron Harwell with 27 and Maxx Nakwaasah with 23. Travis Sims (18), Logan Lowery (16), Jeron Trotman (15), Jonathan Blount (12) and Quin Cooper (10) all have double-digit assists.

Logan Lowery was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line in the Gents loss to Southern Utah on Saturday. The freshman scored all of his points from the charity stripe and he currently sits third on the team in scoring with 7.0 ppg and has seen action in all 19 games with seven starts.

Centenary may only be shooting 27 percent from behind the three-point line this season, but the Gents have remained consistent and have drained at least one three in every contest this year. The most three's made in one game came against IUPUI (12.2.10) with an 8-of-16 performance from deep. The lowest was one made at Arkansas-Monticello (12.7.10) and Southern Utah (1.15.11).

The Gents continue to pace The Summit League in steals this season with a total of 144 and 7.6 per game. Centenary is followed by South Dakota State with 6.3 per game. Freshman Aaron Harwell ranks first in steals with 2.1 steals per game, while sophomore Jeron Trotman is fourth in blocks with 1.2 a game.

Aaron Harwell is averaging 18.1 minutes a game and has stolen the show the last several contests as he currently leads Centenary with 37 steals in just 18 games played. The guard has tallied 29 steals in the last eight games, including a season-best 5, twice, last coming in Saturday's contest against Southern Utah.

Jeron Trotman has used his 6'6" frame to tally 23 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 6 blocks away from cracking the Top 10 All-Time with 47.

The Gents will begin a four-game road swing, beginning at in-state rival, Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday before traveling to Oral Roberts on Sat., Jan. 22. Centenary will continue its road tour in conference play at IPFW on Thurs., Jan. 27 followed by Oakland on Sat., Jan. 29. The Gents are currently 0-13 away from the Gold Dome this season.

The Centenary men's basketball team is still in search of its first win of the 2010-11 season.
Centenary played its closest game of the season in a four-point loss (71-67) against UMKC on Thursday in the Gold Dome. The Gents played its best game of the season last week in a four-point loss to UMKC (71-67) in the Gold Dome.

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.

Louisiana is currently 3-14 overall and 3-4 at home this season. The Ragin' Cajuns are looking to snap at three-game skid after dropping its last contest to UALR (73-68) on Saturday. UL's last win came in a 93-91 victory against Troy in the Cajundome.

Josh Brown paces UL in scoring with 13.0 ppg, while Randell Daigle adds 9.7. David Perez, former Gent is fourth on the team with 8.4 ppg. Travis Bureau leads the team with 5.6 rebounds a contest.

Junior David Perez, current guard for UL, played his first two seasons in a Centenary uniform before transferring back home this season. The New Iberia, La. native led Centenary last season in scoring with 15.1 ppg and a team-best 84 percent from the free throw line. Perez earned Third Team All-LSWA honors for his strong season a year ago. He was former teammates with juniors Maxx Nakwaasah, Matt Nichenko, sophomores Leo Davis, Jeron Trotman and Travis Sims.

Centenary and Louisiana-Lafayette will meet for the 41st time in the school's history as the Gents currently hold a 26-14 advantage over the Ragin' Cajuns since they first met back in 1926. The two teams met a year ago in Lafayette as Centenary earned a 73-68 win on the road.

Of Centenary's returners, Leo Davis scored nine points, while Randell Daigle of ULL had 11. Former Gent David Perez led Centenary with 22 points, but is now a member of the Ragin' Cajuns.

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Following Wednesday's contest, Centenary will travel to Oral Roberts to face the Golden Eagles at 7:05 pm in Tulsa, Okla.