PREVIEW: Gents at Oakland
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball team will wrap up its four-game road span at IPFW on Thursday with a 6 pm CT tip and Saturday at Oakland with a 5:05 pm CT tip in Summit League action.

The Centenary men's basketball team produced an all-around effort which included a lead at the half and three players reaching double-figures, but it was IPFW who gained the late advantage, earning a 76-66 win over the Gents in Summit League play on Thursday evening.

The Gents (0-22, 0-10 Summit) led by five at the half and out rebounded the Mastodons (13-7, 7-3 Summit), but the 19 Centenary turnovers that turned into 23 points for IPFW proved to be the key difference down the stretch.

Freshman Andrew Rebol recorded a career-best 10 points at IPFW on Thursday. The center was a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor and hit 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. The surpassed his previous high of seven points which came against Northwestern State on Nov. 22. He scored the 10 points in just 18 minutes of play.

Centenary shot an impressive 81 percent from the free throw line against IPFW The Gents made 25-of-31 from the line, including a 15-of-18 effort in the second half. That was the second straight game the Gents shot at least 80 percent as Centenary currently averages just 62 percent from the line this season. Maxx Nakwaasah made 9-of-10, while Andrew Rebol hit 4-of-6.

Centenary managed to outshoot, outrebound, out score in the paint and execute more second-chance opportunites, but it was IPFW's defense that forced the Gents into 19 turnovers, which led to 23 Mastodon points down the stretch. The Gents led at half by five, but were not able to take care of the ball down the stretch, falling by just 10 on the road.

Junior Maxx Nakwaasah continues to pace Centenary in scoring this season. The small forward leads the team with 11.9 ppg and 13.3 ppg in conference play. Nakwaasah is shooting 40 percent (88-221) from the floor and has made 15 three-pointers. He is second in rebounding with 5.9 boards a game. He also plays 29.3 minutes per game and has recorded two double-doubles this season and has scored in double figures 11 times.

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 20 in the 22 games played, while Jeron Trotman has 17 and Leo Davis has 15.

Centenary is led in assists by Leo Davis with 38 dishes, but seven other Gents have at least 10 assists this season. Following the guard is Aaron Harwell with 36 and Maxx Nakwaasah with 26. Travis Sims (18), Logan Lowery (18), Jeron Trotman (15), Jonathan Blount (14) 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).

The Gents continue to pace The Summit League in steals this season with a total of 163 and 7.4 per game. Centenary is followed by South Dakota State with 6.2 per game. Freshman Aaron Harwell ranks first in steals with 2.0 steals per game, while sophomore Jeron Trotman is fourth in blocks with 1.2 a game.

Aaron Harwell is averaging 18.9 minutes a game and has stolen the show the last several contests as he currently leads Centenary with 43 steals in just 21 games played. The guard has tallied 35 steals in the last 11 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.

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 in a four-point loss to UMKC (71-67) in the Gold Dome on Jan. 13, 2011.

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.

Centenary will meet Oakland, who leads the league with a 15-8 overall record and a 10-0 record in The Summit League. The Golden Grizzlies are looking to build on their 8-game winning streak as their last loss came at No.2 Ohio State in a 92-63 loss.

Oakland is led by Preseason Player of the Year Keith Benson with 17.4 ppg and 10.1 rebounds per game.

Centenary and Oakland will meet for the 16th time in school history. The Golden Grizzlies own a 12-3 edge over the Gents since they first met back in 2004. The two teams met earlier this season in the Gold Dome as Oakland took a 98-71 win over Centenary on Dec. 28, 2010.

The Centenary-Oakland game will be available via live stats and live streaming on

Following Saturday's contest, Centenary will return to action on Thursday, Feb. 3 when it host North Dakota State at 7 pm in the Gold Dome.