Big second half pushes Gents over Pirates
Friday, January 11, 2013 | by Nathan Yacovissi

SHREVEPORT, La – The Centenary men’s basketball team used a huge second half to put away Southwestern University 65-55 Friday evening in the Gold Dome. Drew Erskine had a career-high 16 points and made several key baskets down the stretch to turn the tide of the game. The Gents outscored the Pirates 38-21 in the second half.

The victory returned Centenary to 7-7 overall and 3-3 in SCAC. Southwestern University fell 5-10 overall and 1-4 in the conference.

Jonathan Blount opened the game with a three pointer to get the Gents on the board early. It would turn into a three point contest quickly as the first 15 points of the game came from behind the arc. After a back and forth half, the Pirates closed the opening 20 minutes on a 15-9 stretch to go up at halftime 34-27. Michael Cantu for Southwestern University had 12 of his game-high 14 points in the half.

An 11-0 run gave the Gents momentum to get back in the game and retake the lead 36-34. A Blount layup is what would give Centenary its first lead since the beginning possession. The Pirates notched their first points of the half at 13:32 mark.

The Pirates had a 10-3 spurt that seemed to swing control back in their favor. However, the Gents defense and freshmen guard, Erskine, took over. Down 48-46, Erskine nailed a three-pointer to give the Gents the edge. After a defensive rebound by Caden Cheramie, Erskine got fouled on a layup and logged the free-throw to complete the old fashioned, three-point play. His six straight points sparked an incredible stretch that would end the Pirates night getting outscored 19-7 in the final 4:51 minutes.

Blount led the team with 21 points, joining Erskine in double figures. Cheramie and Donovan Williams sparked 30-rebound, team effort with eight boards each to assist in securing the win.

The Gents return to action on Saturday, Jan. 12 as they host Trinity at 8 p.m.