Bison Board Way to Victory Over Gents
Friday, February 4, 2011
SHREVEPORT-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.

Nakwaasah was 11-of-12 from the charity stripe in 31 minutes of play. Sophomores Leo Davis and Jeron Trotman followed with 10 points each.

Centenary held its own throughout much of the first half until NDSU put together an 11-0 run with six minutes to play, going up by 14 (28-14), the most of the opening 20 minutes.

The Gents would battle back in the final minutes of the first half to narrow the score to five (32-27) on a 13-4 run. Davis and Trotman combined for 11 of the 12.

NDSU led 32-27 at the half.

For the first four minutes of the second half, Centenary maintained a two-possession game, but the inside dominance of the Bison began to take hold, pouring in 13 quick points to extend their lead to 13 (51-38).

The Gents were held scoreless for nearly four minutes midway through the half as NDSU gained a 20-point advantage (64-44).

NDSU continued to dominate on the boards to wrap up the game as five Bison reached double figure scoring.

Centenary shot an impressive 51 percent (22-43) from the floor, but was held to just six three-point attempts, making three. Behind Nakwaasah, Davis, and Trotman in scoring for the Gents were freshmen Jonathan Blount with seven and Logan Lowery with six. 

North Dakota State finished the night shooting 56 percent (36-64), led by Marshall Bjorklund's game-high 22 points and Taylor Braun's 18.

The Bison out rebounded Centenary, 40 to 19. The Gents got six boards from Nakwaasah.

Centenary will be back in action on Saturday at 4:30 pm against South Dakota State.