Gents' Streak Snapped in 82-58 Loss
Friday, January 27, 2012
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball team snapped its seven-game winning streak when UT-Dallas topped the Gents in an 82-58 contest in the Gold Dome on Thursday evening.

The Gents evened their record at 8-8 with the loss and fell to 6-2 at home under second-year head coach Adam Walsh.

"I want to give credit to UT-Dallas. They run a similar offense as us and they are a great example of what we want our team to become in the next year or so," said Walsh. "Our streak was snapped, but we plan on bouncing back and finishing this season out strong."

Centenary was led in scoring by sophomore Jonathan Blount with 14 points, followed by senior Maxx Nakwaasah's 13. Nine Gents scored in the contest as freshman Saro Ntagha added nine and Isaiah Whitaker chipped in with eight.

The Gents shot 45 percent (18-40) from the floor, but only sank 19-of-29 from the charity stripe for 66 percent.

UT-Dallas shot a blistering 58 percent (29-50) from the field and hit nine treys, led by Chris Barnes' 22 points.

Centenary owned an early three-point lead, but UT-Dallas quickly became a shooting prowess, going up by 11 (29-18) with 8:32 left in the first half. Centenary narrowed it to five on back-to-back layups by Blount and Nakwaasah, but the Comets' Barnes sank the next seven points.

The Gents trailed by 15 (42-27) at the half.

A 13-6 run to open the second half put UT-Dallas up by 19 (55-36) with 14:28 left.

Despite narrowing the deficit to 14 (58-44) with 11 minutes left, the Gents couldn't control the sharp-shooting by UT-Dallas as they went up by 20 for the first time all night at the 8-minute mark.

Centenary was out rebounded, 28 to 22, led by Blount and Whitaker with five rebounds each.


Centenary will return to action on Saturday when it host Ozarks at 3 pm in the Gold Dome.