PREVIEW: Gents Host SDSU for Homecoming
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball team is set to host South Dakota State on Saturday at 4:30 pm. Homecoming court/royalty will be honored during halftime.

The Centenary men's basketball team was led offensively by junior Maxx Nakwaasah with 17 points, but it was the North Dakota State production on the glass that propelled it to an 83-63 win over the Gents on Thursday evening in Summit League action.
The Gents (0-24, 0-12 Summit) fell victim to the size advantage from the Bison (12-10, 6-6 Summit), pulling down just 19 total boards to NDSU's 40, which resulted in 19 second-chance points.

Junior Maxx Nakwaasah continues to pace Centenary in scoring this season. The small forward leads the team with 12.0 ppg and 13.3 ppg in conference play. Nakwaasah is shooting 39 percent (93-237) from the floor and has made 17 three-pointers. He is second in rebounding with 5.7 boards a game. He also plays 29.4 minutes per game and has recorded two double-doubles this season and has scored in double figures 12 times.

Centenary was challenged on Thursday evening when North Dakota State came to town. The Gents were held to just 19 total rebounds as the Bison collected 40, 18 of which were on the offensive end. That effort was the lowest for the Gents all season as the previous low came with 22 boards vs Southern Utah on Jan. 15.

The Gents shot 51 percent from the floor against NDSU on Thursday, connecting on 22-of-43. That marked the second straight game that Centenary shot above 50 percent from the field. Despite back-to-back strong efforts, the Gents are still shooting just 39 percent on the season, while their opponents are shooting 49 percent.

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 21 in the 23 games played, while Jeron Trotman has 17 in 19 games played and Leo Davis has 15 in 22 contests.

Freshman Aaron Harwell continues to improve on all aspects of his game as he currently leads the team in assists and steals from the guard position. Averaging just 19.5 minutes per game, Harwell has recorded a team-best 44 assists and 43 steals in 23 games played. Harwell has only made eight starts this season, but he is sixth best on the team in scoring with 5.0 ppg and is shooting 43 percent (40-94) from the floor.

Centenary may only be shooting 28 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 fired off three in six attempts against NDSU on Thursday.

The Gents have continued to lead the league in steals all season. Centenary has 177 total steals, averaging 7.4 a game, while South Dakota State is second with 6.4 a game. Aaron Harwell's 1.9 steals per game ranks him first among all league players as he has 43 total this season. Jeron Trotman ranks fourth in blocks with 1.2 a game.

Jeron Trotman has used his 6'6" frame to tally 24 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 5 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.

South Dakota State enters Saturday's contest with a 14-9 record and a 9-9 record against Summit League opponents. The Jackrabbits are coming off of a 77-73 loss at Oral Roberts on Thursday and have lost the last four of six games.

SDSU is led offensively by Nate Wolters with 18.9 ppg and Clint Sargent with 15.8 ppg.

Centenary and South Dakota State will meet for the second time this season as the Jackrabbits earned a 86-62 win over the Gents back on January 6, 2011. The two teams will meet on the hardwood for the 8th time in school history as SDSU holds a 4-3 edge over Centenary. In the last game the two teams played, freshman Logan Lowery led the Gents with 12 points.

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

Following Saturday's contest, Centenary will gear up for its final road trip of the season when it travels to Southern Utah on Feb. 10 for an 8 pm CT contest.