Gents Struggle Late at Southern Utah
Friday, February 11, 2011
CEDAR CITY, Utah-Sophomore Jeron Trotman recorded his fourth career double-double in a 13 point, 10 rebound effort, but the Centenary men's basketball team would see a scrappy Southern Utah earn a 70-49 win over the Gents on Thursday evening in Summit League play.

The Gents (0-26, 0-14 Summit) struggled from the free throw line, connecting on just 16-of-34 for 47 percent, their third lowest of the season.

It was a shaky start to the opening half as Centenary was forced into six early turnovers and fell down by nine (15-6) near the 15:30 mark. The Gents would get jumpers from sophomore Leo Davis and freshman Quin Cooper, off the bench, to narrow the score to six (16-10).

A three-point play by junior Maxx Nakwaasah extended Centenary's run at 5-0 and quickly made it a three-point game (16-13). The Thunderbirds were held without a field goal for nearly seven minutes during that time.

Southern Utah would begin to extend its lead late in the half to 10 (27-20) with under five minutes to play after producing a 7-0 tilt. Centenary, though, continued to battle its way back as Cooper gave the Gents their final five points to close out the half down six, 31-25.

Centenary was forced into 10 first-half turnovers on seven Southern Utah steals that resulted in 11 points for the Thunderbirds.

A much better start to the second half for the Gents resulted in a 7-3 run that narrowed the score to two (34-32). Trotman and Nakwaasah combined for three lay ups and a free throw for all seven points.

Southern Utah wouldn't back down as scoring leader Ryan Brimley hit a three to stretch it back to a two-possession game. However, sophomore Travis Sims showcased his shooting ability for the Gents, knocking down a huge trey to again, make it a two-point game (38-36) with 13:50 left.

It remained back and forth midway through the half as Southern Utah maintained the upper hand. Trotman played huge inside for Centenary, scoring his seventh point for the Gents in the second-half alone.

A two-point game quickly turned into 12 unanswered points over a five-minute span as Southern Utah executed on several Gent turnovers and a foul. Centenary would see itself down 15 (54-39) with 6:12 remaining.

Davis would drain his second trey of the night at the 5:50 mark to end Southern Utah's attempt to hold the Gents without a field goal.

Nakwaasah's effort showed late as he put together five points for Centenary on two made free throws and a drive to the basket to bring it within 10 (57-47) with 3:11 left in the game.

Late chances fell short for the Gents as Southern Utah upped its total to 70 on several made free throws down the stretch.

Centenary shot 30 percent (15-50) from the floor, but only knocked down a struggling 47 percent (16-34) from the free throw line. Behind Trotman's 13 points were Nakwaasah's nine and Davis'eight.

Southern Utah shot 44 percent (21-48) from the field, led by Kyle Davis with 17 points.

Centenary finished one rebound shy of the Thunderbirds at 38-37. Trotman pulled down a game-best 10 boards.

The Gents were forced into 23 turnovers, which resulted in 24 points for Southern Utah.

Centenary will now travel to UMKC for a 7 pm CT contest on Saturday. All game action can be followed on www.umkckangaroos.com.