PREVIEW: Gents Continue Road Tour at ORU, Saturday
Thursday, January 20, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball team will continue Summit League play on the road as the Gents take on Oral Roberts on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 7:05 pm.

It wasn't Centenary's night as the Gents traveled south, facing a dominant inside game by Louisiana-Lafayette, falling 94-62 to the Ragin' Cajuns on Wednesday evening in non-conference action. The Gents (0-20) were never able to build any offensive momentum, despite having two players finish with double-figures. Centenary was led offensively by junior Maxx Nakwaasah with 19 points and freshman Jonathan Blount with 12, one shy of tying his career-high.

Freshman Jonathan Blount scored 12 points in the loss at UL on Wednesday and was one point shy of tying his career high of 13 points, which came against Oakland (12.28.10). The guard came off the bench for 21 minutes, giving Centenary some offensive spark on a 3-of-5 effort from the floor, including one three-pointer as well as hitting 5-of-6 from the free throw line. That performance was just his second double-figure scoring game as he finished second-best on the team in the contest, followed by Nakwaasah's 19.

The Gents wrapped up the final non-conference scheduled game on their 2010-11 schedule on Wednesday against UL. Centenary played 12 non-Summit League games as five were against Louisiana rivals. From here on, the final 10 games will be played against league institutions.

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. Maxx Nakwaasah has most starts this season with 18 in the 20 games played, while Jeron Trotman has 17 and Leo Davis has 13.

Centenary is led in assists by Leo Davis with 35 dishes, but seven other Gents have at least 10 assists this season. Following the guard is Aaron Harwell with 28 and Maxx Nakwaasah with 25. Travis Sims (18), Logan Lowery (16), Jeron Trotman (15), Jonathan Blount (12) and Quin Cooper (10) all have double-digit assists.

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). Centenary hit six treys against UL on Wednesday, led by Maxx Nakwaasah with two.

The Gents continue to pace The Summit League in steals this season with a total of 148 and 7.4 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 18.4 minutes a game and has stolen the show the last several contests as he currently leads Centenary with 39 steals in just 20 games played. The guard has tallied 31 steals in the last nine games, including a season-best 5, twice, last coming in the contest against Southern Utah on January 15, 2011.

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.

After hitting the road Wednesday, Centenary will continue on its tour away from home, traveling to Oral Roberts on Sat., Jan. 22. Centenary will then hit the road in conference play at IPFW on Thurs., Jan. 27 followed by Oakland on Sat., Jan. 29. The Gents are currently 0-14 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.

Oral Roberts is 8-12 overall and 5-3 in Summit League this season. The Golden Eagles are coming off a 69-63 overtime win against UMKC last weekend and is looking to build on its three-game win streak.

ORU is led by Dominique Morrison with 18.2 ppg, while Warren Niles follows with 14.0 ppg. Damen Bell-Holter paces the team with 7.0 rebounds per game.

Centenary and Oral Roberts will hit the hardwood for the 17th time in the school's history on Saturday. The Golden Eagles own a 15-1 edge over the Gents since they first met back in 2004. Centenary's only win came in a 71-68 victory in the Gold Dome during the 2003-04 season. ORU has won the last 13 contests. In their last meeting a year ago, ORU earned a 76-56 win. Centenary was led by Maxx Nakwaasah with 11 points and nine rebounds, while Warren Niles of ORU had 17.

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Following Saturday's contest, Centenary will travel to IPFW for a 6 pm CT contest on Thursday, Jan. 27.