PREVIEW: Gents Set for Final Road Trip at SUU, UMKC
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball gears up for its final road trip of the season as it will take on Southern Utah on Thursday at 8 pm CT, followed by UMKC on Saturday at 7 pm CT.

LAST TIME OUT
Centenary's offensive effort was overshadowed by a solid shooting effort by the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Saturday afternoon, as the Gents fell 102-73 in their Homecoming game.

MIX IT UP
Against South Dakota State, the Gents had four players reach double figures, led by two freshmen and two players with experience under their belts. Freshman Jonathan Blount led the team with 15 points, followed by junior Maxx Nakwaasah with 13. They were each followed by sophomore Jeron Trotman and freshman Aaron Harwell with 11 apiece.

BLOUNT BANKS CAREER-BEST
Jonathan Blount notched a career-best 15 points against SDSU on Saturday. The guard surpassed his previous high of 13 which came against Oakland on Dec. 28, 2010 in the Gold Dome. The Shreveport native was 8-of-10 from the free throw line and 3-of-6 from the floor.

MAXX MAKES MOST OF GAME
Junior Maxx Nakwaasah continues to pace Centenary in scoring this season. The small forward leads the team with 12.0 ppg and 13.2 ppg in conference play. Nakwaasah is shooting 39 percent (97-248) from the floor and has made 19 three-pointers. He is second in rebounding with 5.6 boards a game. He also plays a team-best 29.5 minutes per game and has recorded two double-doubles this season and has scored in double figures 13 times.

TOO MUCH BOARD
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.

GETTIN' THE START
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 the most starts this season with 22 in the 25 games played, while Jeron Trotman has 18 in 21 games played and Leo Davis has 16 in 24 contests.

HARWELL HOLDS HIGH RANKS
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 46 assists and 44 steals in 24 games played. Harwell has only made nine starts this season, but is tied for fifth on the team in scoring with 5.3 ppg and is shooting 43 percent (43-101) from the floor.

THREE'S COMPANY
Centenary may only be shooting 29 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 made 6-of-12 against SDSU on Saturday.

LEAGUE-LEADING
The Gents have continued to lead the league in steals all season. Centenary has 184 total steals, averaging 7.4 a game, while South Dakota State is second with 6.4 a game. Aaron Harwell's 1.8 steals per game ranks him first among all league players as he has 44 total this season. Jeron Trotman ranks fourth in blocks with 1.2 a game.

SWATTING SOPHOMORE
Jeron Trotman has used his 6'6" frame to tally 25 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 4 blocks away from cracking the Top 10 All-Time with 47.

IN SEARCH OF FIRST
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 January 13, 2011 in the Gold Dome.

LAST YEAR IN LEAGUE
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.

WALSH IN FIRST YEAR
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.

SCOUTING SOUTHERN UTAH
Southern Utah enters Thursday's contest with a 7-15 overall record and a 3-8 mark against league opponents. The Thunderbirds currently sit 8th in The Summit League standings. SUU is coming off a 71-68 loss to UMKC and has dropped its last four conference contests.

SUU is led by Ryan Brimley with 10.2 ppg. Kyle Davis leads the Thunderbirds in rebounds with 5.3 rpg.

SERIES HISTORY
Centenary and Southern Utah will meet for the second time this season and 16th time in the school's history. The Thunderbirds own a 9-6 mark over the Gents since 2004. Centenary and SUU split last year's series as the Gents garnered a 93-85 overtime win at home and the Thunderbirds edged Centenary, 70-67 in Cedar City, Utah. In the last meeting of this year, Maxx Nakwaasah led all scorers with 22 points.

GAME COVERAGE
The Centenary-SUU game will be available via live stats and live streaming on www.suutbirds.com.

NEXT TIME OUT
Following Thursday's contest, Centenary will travel to UMKC to face the Kangaroos at 7 pm CT on Saturday. All action can be followed at www.umkckangaroos.com.