Gents All-Around Effort Falls Short at IPFW
Friday, January 28, 2011
FORT WAYNE, Ind.-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.

Junior Maxx Nakwaasah poured in 18 points, which included a 9-of-10 effort from the free throw line and grabbed nine boards, one shy of a double-double.

Freshman Aaron Harwell followed with 10 points and a team-best five assists and three steals, while classmate Andrew Rebol recorded a career-best 10 points on a perfect 3-of-3 performance from the floor in just 18 minutes of play.

Centenary maintained control much of the first half as the lead changed six times throughout. Nakwaasah scored six of the first nine points for the Gents as he drained all four free throw attempts in the opening five minutes of play.

Up by six, IPFW would then go ahead after an 8-0 run. A 9-3 tilt for Centenary followed as Harwell hit two lay ups. The Mastodons would go ahead by five (26-21) on a 10-2 run with 4:45 left to play.

Centenary produced a strong final five minutes of the first half, scoring 12 points, including hitting all five free throw attempts. Nakwaasah's three with 2:57 left put the Gents back on top for the remainder of the half, as they led 37-32 at half.

Rebol continued to sink free throws to open the second half, making his fourth straight attempt, while Nakwaasah's lay up put Centenary on top by nine (41-32). Nine unanswered points by IPFW on two three pointers tied the game at 41-41 with 14:29 remaining.

Freshman Logan Lowery's lay up ended the run, but it managed to become a one-point game for the next four minutes of play. Centenary saw its last lead of the night at the 8:58 mark as Frank Gaines' lay for IPFW put the Mastodons on top for good the rest of the night shortly following.

With opportunities down the stretch to tighten the score, Centenary would allow IPFW to gain at 12-point lead with 18 seconds to go, before Harwell sank two final free throws to make it a 10-point game.

Centenary out shot the Mastodons with a 44 percent night (19-43) and was 81 percent (25-31) from the charity stripe, a season-best.

Nine Gents saw the scoring column. Behind Nakwaasah, Harwell and Rebol was freshman Jonathan Blount with seven, Lowery with six and sophomores Baba Diallo and Leo Davis each with five.

IPFW shot 39 percent (22-56) from the field, led by Gaines with a game-high 19 points.

Centenary out rebounded IPFW, 32 to 30. Nakwaasah led with nine boards.

The Gents will return to action on Saturday evening in Rochester, Mich. as Centenary takes on league-leader Oakland at 6:30 pm CT. All game action can be viewed online at www.ougrizzlies.com.