PREVIEW: Gents Host Oral Roberts in Mid-Week Contest
Monday, February 14, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball team will host Oral Roberts on Tuesday at 7 pm in the Gold Dome.

The Centenary men's basketball team wasn't able to respond to the hot-shooting Kangaroos, dropping its final road contest, 91-58, to UMKC on Saturday evening. The Gents (0-27, 0-15 Summit) had three players record 12 points as freshmen Logan Lowery, Aaron Harwell and sophomore Jeron Trotman each led the way offensively.

Centenary's Logan Lowery, Aaron Harwell and Jeron Trotman all led the Gents in scoring with 12 points at UMKC. All three players were off the bench, but combined for 36 of Centenary's 58 points. Lowery was 5-of-11 from the floor, while Trotman (4-6) and Harwell (4-8) each added four field goal baskets.

Junior Maxx Nakwaasah continues to pace Centenary in scoring this season. The small forward leads the team with 11.7 ppg and 12.5 ppg in conference play. Nakwaasah is shooting 38 percent (103-268) 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 29.8 minutes per game and has recorded two double-doubles this season and has scored in double figures 13 times.

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 24 in the 27 games played, while Jeron Trotman has 19 in 23 games played and Leo Davis and Andrew Rebol have made 17 in 26 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 19.8 minutes per game, Harwell has recorded a team-best 53 assists and 46 steals in 25 games played. Harwell has only made 10 starts this season, but is fifth on the team in scoring with 5.4 ppg and is shooting 41 percent (47-114) 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 drained 2-of-11 on Saturday at UMKC.

The Gents have continued to lead the league in steals all season. Centenary has 193 total steals, averaging 7.1 a game, while South Dakota State is second with 6.3 a game. Aaron Harwell's 1.8 steals per game ranks him first among all league players as he has 46 total this season. Jeron Trotman ranks fourth in blocks with 1.1 a game.

Jeron Trotman has used his 6'6" frame to tally 26 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 3 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 January 13, 2011 in the Gold Dome.

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.

Oral Roberts enters Tuesday's contest with a 13-14 record and a 10-5 mark against league opponents. The Golden Eagles survived a 71-69 scare at Southern Utah in their last contest. ORU has recorded victories in its last 8-of-10, including a 78-65 win over the Gents on Jan. 22.

ORU is led by Dominique Morrison's 18.6 ppg, while Damen Bell-Holter is adding 13.6 ppg to the mix and pulling down a team-best 7.7 boards a game.

Centenary and Oral Roberts will meet for the second time this season and 18th time in history on Tuesday. The Golden Eagles own a 16-1 edge over the Gents. The last time Centenary won was back in 2003-04 in a 71-68 victory at home. In that last meeting, Logan Lowery and Travis Sims each scored 12 points to lead the Gents, while Dominique Morrison poured in a game-best 18 points for ORU.

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Following Tuesday's contest, Centenary will have the week off to prepare for its final home games of the 2010-11 season when Western Illinois comes to town on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 pm and IUPUI on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 4:30 pm.