PREVIEW: Gents To Play Final Game
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball team will play its final game of the 2010-11 season and its final game in The Summit League on Saturday when it hosts IUPUI at 4:30 pm in the Gold Dome.

The Centenary men's basketball team proved most wrong when it snapped its 28-game winless streak in a 73-60 victory over Summit League foe, Western Illinois on Thursday evening in the Gold Dome.

Junior Maxx Nakwaasah recorded his sixth career double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth of the season. The forward led all players with a game-best 40 minutes against Western Illinois on Thursday evening.

Freshman Jonathan Blount showed he is a force at the guard position in Centenary's win against Western Illinois when it scored a career-best 19 points on a 4-of-5 shooting effort from the floor and an 8-of-10 free throw performance. Blount was a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the three-point line as well. The Shreveport native surpassed his previous high of 15 points, which came against SDSU on Feb. 5.

Leo 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 for 22 points against Oral Roberts on Feb. 15. Along with his 22 points, the guard dished off four assists and tallied three steals.

Junior Maxx Nakwaasah continues to pace Centenary in scoring this season. The small forward leads the team with 12.1 ppg and 13.1 ppg in conference play. Nakwaasah is shooting 39 percent (114-290) from the floor and has made 19 three-pointers. He is second in rebounding with 6.0 boards a game. He also plays a team-best 30.4 minutes per game and has recorded four double-doubles this season and has scored in double figures 15 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 26 in the 29 games played, while Jeron Trotman has 21 in 25 games played and Leo Davis and Andrew Rebol have made 18 and 17 starts, respectively in 28 contests played.

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 54 assists and 48 steals in 28 games played. Harwell has only made 11 starts this season, but is sixth on the team in scoring with 5.3 ppg and is shooting 41 percent (48-117) from the floor.

Centenary may only be shooting 30 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 was eight made as the last time came on Thursday against Western Illinois in an 8-of-16 effort from deep. The lowest was one made at Arkansas-Monticello (12.7.10) and Southern Utah (1.15.11).

The Gents have continued to lead the league in steals all season. Centenary has 205 total steals, averaging 7.1 a game, while South Dakota State is second with 6.4 a game. Aaron Harwell's 1.7 steals per game ranks him first among all league players as he has 48 total this season. Jeron Trotman ranks fourth in blocks with 1.1 a game.

Jeron Trotman has used his 6'6" frame to tally 28 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 1 block away from cracking the Top 10 All-Time with 47.

The Centenary men's basketball team found its first win of the 2010-11 season in a 73-60 victory over Western Illinois on Thursday evening. Thursday's win was head coach Adam Walsh's first career win as the leader of the Gents' program. The victory also snapped 33 games in which Centenary was found in the losing column from a year ago. The last win for this program dates back to Feb. 6, 2010 at IPFW in an 80-78 thriller.

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.

IUPUI enters the final regular-season game with a 17-13 overall record and an 11-6 mark against Summit League opponents. The Jaguars are coming off a 92-74 loss at Oral Roberts on Thursday and have dropped three of their last five contests.

IUPUI is led by Preseason All-Leaguer Alex Young with 20.1 ppg and 6.5 rpg.

Centenary and IUPUI will meet for the second and final time this season and 16th time in history on Saturday. The Jaguars own a 12-3 mark over the Gents since they first met back in 2004. IUPUI defeated Centenary, 77-69 in Indianapolis, Ind. on Dec. 2, 2010 of this season. Maxx Nakwaasah led Centenary with 19 points, while Alex Young of IUPUI had a game-best 22 points.

The Centenary-IUPUI game will be available via live stats and live streaming on

The Summit League is in its third season of holding its "Food Fight" competition, with each school collecting food and/or cash donations around a designated home game. The school that raises the most amount of food, measured in pounds, will be deemed the winner and will receive The Summit League Food Fight trophy. The schedule concludes Saturday when Centenary hosts a doubleheader featuring both its men's and women's teams.

Centenary head coach Adam Walsh will be coaching barefoot on Saturday in an effort to spread the word about Samaritan's Feet, a non-profit organization that focuses on the 300 million children in the US who are without shoes. Donations will be accepted via text message during the game.