Nakwaasah Scores 34, a New Career-High, in 93-57 Loss
Sunday, November 27, 2011
BELTON, Texas-Senior Maxx Nakwaasah poured in a career-best 34 points in a 93-57 loss for the Centenary men's basketball team at Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday evening in ASC action.

The Gents fell to 0-2 on the year under second-year head coach Adam Walsh, while the Crusaders improved to 2-0.

Nakwaasah fired off an impressive 11-of-22 from the floor, which included three treys, and knocked down 9-of-11 from the free throw line. Nakwaasah surpassed his previous high of 26 points, which happened a game ago at UT-Dallas. The Dallas, Texas native also led Centenary in rebounding with seven boards.

Nakwaash has now scored in double-figures five straight games dating back to Feb. 15, 2011 last season. He is on trek to join the 1,000-point club and the 500-rebound club, needing just 218 points and 116 rebounds to reach those two milestones.

Also scoring for the Gents was sophomore Brandon Center with seven points off the bench in just 14 minutes of action, while freshman Tyler Wright added five.

After trailing by six to open the game, Centenary responded with a 9-2 run to take over the lead, but a back-and-forth first half resulted in several lead changes. A three-pointer by Wright at the 5:54 mark gave Centenary its largest lead of the game at five points (27-22).

A final 20-2 run by UMHB gave way to a 13-point lead at 42-29 at the half. The Crusaders scored 23 points off of Gents' turnovers.

UMHB opened the final 20 minutes with 25 points to Centenary's eight to gain a lofty lead at 30 (67-37). Nakwaasah scored 10 straight for the Gents over the next four minutes.

Centenary shot 31 percent (18-59) from the floor and only hit 4-of-22 from behind the arc. UMHB shot 52 percent and out rebounded Centenary 48 to 31.

Centenary will travel to Austin, Texas to face ASC opponent, Concordia on Monday evening at 7:30 pm.