Seniors Pace Gents in 70-52 Victory at Home
Saturday, December 3, 2011

SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball team used double-double efforts by seniors Maxx Nakwaasah (24 points, 15 rbs) and Matt Nichenko (12 points, 11 rbs) to earn its first win of the 2011-12 season in a convincing 70-52 victory over Schreiner on Saturday afternoon in the Gold Dome.

The Gents improved their record to 1-4 on the year and 1-4 against ASC opponents. The double-header win by both the Ladies and Gents today is the first time these two teams earned victories on the same day, dating back the November 2007 when Centenary swept Northwestern State here in the Gold Dome.

A balanced team effort propelled the Gents to a win, led by its strong rebounding and domination of Schreiner's top players. Nakwaasah and Nichenko played a huge part in the paint game as both pulled down double-digit rebounds.

Nakwaasah led all scorers with 24 points on 12-of-14 from the free throw line, while pulling down a career-best 15 rebounds. He surpassed his previous high of 12, which came twice and last against UMKC last season.

Nichenko dominated the inside game with an aggressive effort, scoring a career-high 12 points, surpassing his previous high of seven that came against Concordia earlier this year. The 6'6" senior was 3-of-5 from inside and 6-of-9 from the free throw line, while notching 11 boards, even of which came on the offensive end.

Also scoring for the Gents in double-figures and notching another career-high was sophomore transfer Jairus Browning with 11 points, while freshman Tyler Wright added six off the bench.

Both teams exchanged baskets for much of the early going. Schreiner used a 12-1 run with 10 minutes to play to go up by 11 (22-11). Centenary would then respond with its own 16-5 run to make it a tied game at 27-27 heading into halftime.

The Gents came out with much more intensity in the final half, posting 43 points in the final 20 minutes. They gained a lead and never looked back. Up by one (35-34) with 15 minutes left, Centenary used six straight from
Nakwaasah and an 11-0 run to pull ahead by 11 (46-35) with 11 minutes remaining.

Schreiner narrowed the score to seven at the 10:00 minute mark, but a consistent effort at the free throw line late in the game by Centenary gave it the upper hand.

Centenary out shot Schreiner for 38 percent (19-50) from the floor and drained six treys. The Gents also performed well from the charity stripe at 77 percent (26-34), knocking down 13-of-15 in the final half.

The Gents also out rebounded the Mountaineers, 45 to 41, led by Nakwaasah with 15 boards.

Schreiner was led by AJ Myres with 12 points.

Centenary will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 8 when it travels to Hardin-Simmons for a 7:30 tip-off, followed by McMurry on Sat., Dec. 10 at 3 pm.