Gents Win 6th Straight; First Time Since 1990-91
Friday, January 20, 2012

LONGVIEW, Texas-The Centenary men's basketball team received a solid first-half run and never looked back to earn its sixth straight victory in a 74-58 win over LeTourneau on Thursday evening. The sixth straight win was the first time Centenary has accomplished that feat since the 1990-91 season.

With the win, the Gents improve to an even 7-7 on the year. After opening the year with a 1-7 record, Centenary has responded with six straight and picked up its first road win this season under second-year head coach Adam Walsh.

Senior Maxx Nakwaasah led all scorers with his 11th 20+ game this season, scoring 26 points on 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. This game also notched his 10th straight double-figure game. Behind the senior in scoring was freshman Tyler Wright with 13 points, followed by freshman Caden Cheramie with 10.

Centenary and LeTourneau each tied in rebounding with 36. The Gents received 10 rebounds from senior Matt Nichenko, followed by eight by Nakwaasah.

Centenary shot 47 percent (25-53) from the floor and knocked down six treys.

Centenary took a lead at the 17-minute mark and never looked back during the first half.

Hardin-Crawford's spark off the bench for the second straight game began a run for the Gents. Up 8-5, Centenary produced a 21-4 run over a 10-minute span on three-pointers by Hardin-Crawford, Nakwaasah and Cheramie.

The Gents extended their early lead to 27-9 following the run and managed to hold LeTourneau without a field goal in the final seven minutes of the 10-minute run. The YellowJackets busted open 10 unanswered points to trim Centenary's lead to eight at 27-19.

Whitaker's jumper at 1:45 left ended the home team's run, but LeTourneau scored the final five points. Centenary led 32-21 at the half. Nakwaasah led in scoring with 13 points and seven rebounds at the midway point.

Nakwaasah opened the second half with a drive through the lane and converted on a three-point play in the first 15 seconds. LeTourneau responded with a 7-2 run over the next three minutes to make it a nine-point game (37-28).

Cheramie drove and dished to Wright for a deep three in the corner to send the Gents back up by double-digits at 42-28 with 15:50 left. Following back-to-back layups by LeTourneau, Wright and Nakwaasah connected on two free throws apiece to keep the lead at a solid 51-34 with 12 minutes remaining.

Centenary took a 17-point lead (55-38) at the midway point. Nakwaasah continued to dominate the drive and at the free throw line as he knocked down the last five by Centenary to make it a 62-46 game.

With five minutes left, Centenary continued to score, holding LeTourneau to a few made field goals for the win.

Centenary kept its turnover total to just 14 and forced LeTourneau into 14 on six steals.

Centenary will return to play on Saturday when it travels to UT-Tyler for a 3 pm contest.