Gents go cold in second half against LSUS
Friday, December 7, 2012 | by Nathan Yacovissi

SHREVEPORT, La – JaColby Hardin-Crawford had a season high 23 points, but LSUS shot 57 percent from the field as Centenary (5-3) fell to LSUS 92-71 on Friday night in the “Crosstown Classic.” LSUS improved to 6-2 on the season, while the Gents ended a two game winning streak.

The Pilots opened the half with an 8-3 lead. Centenary would respond to bring the game within one on a jumper inside by Caden Cheramie to make it 8-7. It was obvious that the tough environment made it difficult for the Gents to get in a rhythm. With the largest deficit of the half at 38-24, Centenary went on a 13-7 run to bring the score to 45-37 at half-time.

The Gents carried momentum into the beginning of the second half, narrowing the margin as close as three on two occasions. After a basket by Brooks Pawsat to make it 62-59 with 12:05 remaining, the Pilots went on a 17-3 run over the next four minutes to take control of the game. The largest lead of the night for the Pilots was 24. Centenary struggled from the field shooting 39 percent in the half. Isaac Reid for LSUS was a large factor knocking in 17 points in that half alone.

Behind Hardin-Crawford in scoring was Jonathan Blount with 18 points. Cheramie contributed 9 points and tied for a team high 8 rebounds. Brett Bell also had 8 rebounds and had a game high 5 assists. Both teams were even on turnovers at 15.

Four players reached double figures for the Pilots. Reid led the way with 24 points for a game high. Rodney Milum was right behind with 22, Rydell Harris had 19, and Breion Beaver added 10.  

The Gents will get a week off for finals, and are back on the road next Saturday at University of Dallas for a 3 p.m. tip-off.