Gents Fall in Season Finale, 78-57 to IUPUI
Sunday, February 27, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball team battled the No. 3-seeded IUPUI Jaguars to a 78-57 season-finale loss on Saturday afternoon in Summit League action.

The Gents (1-29, 1-17 Summit) came into the contest on a high after securing their first win of the season on Thursday, having snapped its 33-game losing streak that began last season.

Centenary did have several high notes to end on as sophomore Leo Davis led the Gents with 14 points on four made three-pointers, followed by junior Maxx Nakwaasah's 10.

It was a low scoring contest from the beginning as the defensive efforts outshined the offensive side. Centenary never led during the contest as the Jaguars went up by seven (10-3) with 15:21 to play.

A layup by Nakwaasah and three made free throws by freshman Andrew Rebol allowed Centenary to pull within two (10-8) with just over 12 minutes remaining in the opening half.

Though, IUPUI would begin to pick up some offensive momentum, going on an 11-2 run on six made free throws to gain an 11-point (21-10) lead.

Down by 13 with 40 seconds to play, freshman Aaron Harwell drained a three to trim IUPUI's lead to 10 (29-19) at the half.

The Jaguars never allowed Centenary to gain any ground early in the second half, despite narrowing the deficit to eight (40-32) on a Davis layup and three-pointer.

An 18-2 run followed, making it a quick 28-point game (66-38) with 4:44 left in the game. Nakwaasah put together back-to-back layups which sparked an 11-4 tilt for the Gents as sophomore Baba Diallo dunked, freshmen Jonathan Blount nailed a three and classmate Quin Cooper connected on a layup.

The score would remain out of Centenary's reach despite a valiant effort in the end.

Centenary shot 47 percent (22-47) from the floor and hit 8-of-21 for 38 percent from deep. Behind Davis and Nakwaasah in scoring was Blount with nine, sophomore Jeron Trotman with seven points and Harwell with five.

IUPUI shot 47 percent (28-60) from the floor and hit 9-of-21 for 43 percent from deep. Leading the way for the Jaguars was Leroy Nobles with 24 points and Christian Siakam with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The Gents were out rebounded as a team to IUPUI, 33 to 25. Nakwaasah pulled down six to lead Centenary.

Trotman recorded three blocks on the game, which now ranks him 10th all-time in the blocks category with 49 swats in just two years as a Gent. He surpassed the late-Chad Maclies and Ed Dotson's 47 to jump into 10th place.

Diallo also came of the bench and picked up three steals for the Gents, while Cooper tallied two for career-bests.