Nakwaasah Nets 33 in Gents Loss at ETBU
Saturday, December 17, 2011
MARSHALL, Texas-Senior Maxx Nakwaasah's 33 points wasn't enough as the Centenary men's basketball team fell 90-60 to ETBU on the road on Saturday afternoon.

With the loss, Centenary fell to 1-7 on the year and 1-7 against ASC schools.

Nakwaasah scored 33 points on 11 made field goals. 20 of his 33 points came in the first half alone. The Dallas, Texas native notched his third 30+ game this season and was four points shy of tying his career-best of 37 points. He has also notched at least 20 points in 7-of-the-8 contests this year.

Also scoring for Centenary was sophomore Jonathan Blount in his season debut with seven points. The Shreveport guard returned after recovering from knee surgery to play in his first game of this season. Freshman JaColby Hardin-Crawford also added seven points.

Freshman Caden Cheramie led Centenary with six rebounds, while Nakwaasah pulled down four.

Centenary struggled offensively, producing 38 percent (20-53) from the floor, 19 percent (4-21) and 57 percent (16-28) from the free throw line. The Gents were also out rebounded 41 to 25.

Nakwaasah's three put Centenary up by four (12-8) with 14:30 left in the first half. It was a back-and-forth battle for much of the half as the score tied five times in the first 15 minutes of play.

ETBU went on to score five unanswered points to take a four-point lead (27-23) with 4:37 left in the half. Centenary trailed 36-32 at the half.

The Tigers scored the first seven points in the second half and held Centenary scoreless until Hardin-Crawford hit a free throw at the 16:53 mark. Blount drained a three following two made free throws by freshman Saro Ntgha to pull within seven (45-38) after five minutes of action in the final half.

ETBU geared up for a 13-4 run to go up by 19 (66-47) with 9:17 remaining. Centenary couldn't manage any offensive momentum allowing the Tigers to take a 26-point lead (78-52) following four made free throws.

Centenary will take a few weeks off before returning to play on Thursday, January 5 at home against Sul Ross State at 7:30 pm.