Gents Battle ORU with Strong Second Half Performance; Fall 78-65
Sunday, January 23, 2011
TULSA, Okla.-The Centenary men's basketball team outscored Oral Roberts in the second half and dominated the free throw line, but it was Oral Roberts who maintained the early lead to grab a 78-65 win over the Gents in Summit League play on Saturday evening.

The Gents (0-21, 0-9 Summit) were led by sophomore Travis Sims and freshman Logan Lowery each with 12 points. Sims recorded a career-high in the effort. Centenary shot an impressive 80 percent on a 20-of-25 effort from the charity stripe.  

Centenary gained a 7-6 lead after Sims opened the game with a quick three, but Oral Roberts' Warren Niles would knock down nine of the first 11 points for the Golden Eagles.

Sophomore Baba Diallo's lay up at 11:13 was the last field goal the Gents saw as Oral Roberts sparked a 31-9 lead on a 17-0 run. It was freshman Quin Cooper's lay up at 4:22 that ended the offensive threat.

Centenary was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the final four minutes, but the Golden Eagles would continue to build on its mid-half run to build a 20-point lead, 41-21 at half.

The Gents faced a dominant inside presence from the Golden Eagles as Oral Roberts pulled down 25 first-half rebounds and scored 10 points off seven Gent turnovers.

Centenary matched Oral Roberts' points in the opening 11 minutes of play of the second half as the Gents received fast break lay ups by sophomore Leo Davis, freshman Jonathan Blount and Sims, while connecting on 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.

Lowery gave Centenary an offensive boost with five straight points for Centenary to make it a 17-point game (57-40) with 8:20 left to play in the game.

Sims and Lowery remained hot on the offensive end for Centenary as they each hit back-to-back three pointers and combined for 10 in a row, while freshman Aaron Harwell's jumper made it a 10-point game (68-58) with just over 2:30 remaining.

Forced to narrow the score in the final minutes of play, the Gents were challenged by the Golden Eagles at the free throw line as they pulled ahead 78-62.

Centenary shot 39 percent (20-52) from the floor. Behind Sims and Lowery in scoring were Davis and Nakwaasah with eight each and Harwell with seven.

Oral Roberts was better from the field, shooting 48 percent (28-58). Dominique Morrison led all scorers with 18 points.

The Golden Eagles out rebounded the Gents, 43 to 28. Nakwaasah pulled down nine boards for Centenary.

"Our guys came out with a great effort in the second half and continued to fight. It was huge difference in halves as we were able to make shots. I am proud of our guys for hanging in there," said head coach Adam Walsh.

Centenary will be back in action on Thursday, January 27 at IPFW in a 6 pm contest.