Davis Drops 22, Nakwaasah Records Double-Double in 81-61 Loss to ORU
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
SHREVEPORT-Sophomore Leo Davis pours in a career-best 22 points off the bench and junior Maxx Nakwaasah finishes with his fifth career double-double, though the Centenary men's basketball team would fall 81-61 to Oral Roberts on Tuesday evening in Summit League play.

The Gents (0-28, 0-16 Summit) were outsized by the Golden Eagles (14-14, 11-5 Summit), who saw 58 of their 81 points in the paint to Centenary's 16.

Davis surpassed his previous high of 13 points which came at IUPUI on Dec. 2, 2010 when he drained 6-of-9 from behind the three point line, another career-best. Along with his 22 points, the guard dished off four assists and tallied three steals.

Nakwaasah's double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds was his third of the season. The forward led all players with a game-best 37 minutes.

Behind Davis and Nakwaasah's effort was freshman Jonathan Blount with 13 points.

Oral Roberts opened with seven unanswered points to grab the lead early, but six straight from Nakwaasah and Blount quickly made it a two-point game (9-7) with 15:54 on the clock.

Centenary grabbed its only lead of the game at one (14-13) when Davis drained his second consecutive trey. The Golden Eagles maintained a lead for the rest of the half and would challenge the Gents in the final three minutes, going up by as many as 11 (39-28).

A final six points for Centenary on free throws by freshman Logan Lowery and Nakwaasah and a final three with 36 seconds to play in the opening half by Davis made it a five-point game (39-34) heading into the final stanza.

The inside game by Oral Roberts began to take hold in the early going of the second half as it pulled ahead by 16 (61-45). Centenary was never able to gain any ground on the Golden Eagles late despite several aggressive efforts.

Centenary finished the night, shooting 39 percent (17-44) from the field and hit 7-of-13 from deep for 54 percent as Davis hit six of the seven three-pointers. The Gents made 20-of-29 from the charity stripe for 69 percent.

Also in the scoring column for Centenary was Lowery with six, sophomore Jeron Trotman with four and freshmen Andrew Rebol and Aaron Harwell each with two.

Oral Roberts made an impressive 55 percent (33-60) from the floor. The Golden Eagles were led by Dominique Morrison with a game-best 25 points.

Centenary was out rebounded, 41 to 23. Nakwaasah had 11 boards for the Gents.

The Gents will be back in action next week on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 pm when they host Western Illinois in the Gold Dome.