Gents look to continue win streak at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Monday, December 16, 2013

­­­SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men's basketball team returns to the hardwood on Tuesday, Dec. 17 as the Gents travel to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Tip is slated for 7 p.m.  

The meeting between the two squads is the 42nd in the series that dates back to 1926. The two teams last met in 2011 as the Ragin Cajuns, who lead the series 26-15, picked up a 94-62 victory at the Cajundome.

The Gents are riding a three-game win streak heading into the intra-state battle following a 93-73 win over Open Bible College on Saturday evening – the most points since Jan. 16, 2012 when they recorded 95 against East Texas Baptist. The Maroon and White had three players in double figures including two tallying double-doubles and a native son becoming the 31st player in school history to surpass 1,000 points.

Jonathan Blount tallied 18 points in the win over the Bruins en route to surpassing the 1,000 point plateau. The benchmark was set early in the second half as the senior drained a three-pointer for his 15th point of the contest.

Newcomers Kendall Demouchet and James Sapp tallied double-doubles. Demouchet paced the Maroon and White with 19 points as Sapp tallied 16 points to lead a bench that scored 42 points on the night. The duo each grabbed 12 rebounds to tie for the top spot on the team.

Centenary, which scored 26 points off turnovers, took advantage of the inside the entire contest recording 48 points in the paint. The Gents shot 49.2-percent from the field in the contest - marking the third outing of 49 percent or higher from the floor and the fourth over 40 percent this season. Centenary also connected on 27 of 36 (75 percent) shots from the charity stripe the fourth time on the campaign they have shot 75 percent or higher.

Blount leads the Maroon and White in scoring with 22.6 points per game – which is tops in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Blount has connected on just shy of 58 percent of his shots from the floor and is 52.2 percent from behind the arc – both marks are top in the conference.

Donovan Williams joins Blount in averaging double-digits in scoring with 10.8 per game.

Sapp has surged to pace the team on the glass recording 6.4 rebounds per game. Williams who sat atop the list earlier this season is ranked second on the team with 5.2 while Demouchet grabbing 4.8 boards per contest.

ULL enters the contest with a 7-3 record after turning back Houston 79-76 in overtime on Saturday. Shawn Long, who paces the squad on the boards with 11 rebounds, and Elfrid Payton guide the Red and Black as the duo is each averaging 20 points per contest.

Centenary returns to floor on Tuesday, Dec. 31 as the Gents travel to Hendrix College. Tip is scheduled for 3 p.m.