Gents unable to snap road skid in rematch
Monday, December 17, 2012 | by Nathan Yacovissi

Irving, Texas – Three players reached double figures in scoring for the Gents, but were unable to keep up down the stretch as they fell 82-75 to University of Dallas (5-2, 2-0 SCAC) Monday night. Centenary (5-5, 1-3 SCAC) has dropped its last three games and will be looking to bounce back on Wednesday.

A layup by Donovan Williams put the Gents on the board first 2-0. It was back and forth early on until the Gents took a 14-8 lead after Jonathan Blount converted three free throws because of being fouled behind the 3-point line. University of Dallas answered back and would extend its lead by as many as 4 on two occasions. Down 23-19, the Gents would close the half on a 17-8 run to go into halftime up 36-31.

Teams exchanged baskets the first few minutes into the 2nd half before the Crusaders made a run to retake the lead on a Tanner Bruffey layup 43-42 with 14:24 left. After pushing the lead to 46-42, the Gents responded with a 9-0 run to take a 51-46 lead. With the score knotted at 58-58 and about seven minutes remaining, University of Dallas would take the final momentum and use a 9-2 run to take control of the game. The Gents would narrow the gap at 4 on a Blount layup, but the Crusaders 9-2 run put the game out of reach at the end.

Blount led all scorers with 30 points and had 8 rebounds. Brett Bell followed him again in scoring for the second game in a row with 11. Williams notched his first double-double of his career tying a season high 10 points and grabbing a season high 11 rebounds. The Gents did improve their rebounding this game, outdoing the Crusaders 40-32 in this category.

Four players reached double figures for the Crusaders. Bruffey made some big plays that were a part of his team leading 22 points. Drew Assinesi contributed 16 points and Kym Malone and Zach Royal added 15 and 12 points respectively. The team shot well at 47 percent from the field.

The Gents return home on Wednesday and will take on Hendrix College in a nonconference game at 5 p.m.