Depth, Points off Miscues Sink Gents in Season Opener against UT-Dallas
Junior Brandon Campbell led the Gents with 17 points.
Depth, Points off Miscues Sink Gents in Season Opener against UT-Dallas
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Centenary (0-1)
Texas Dallas (1-0)
11/14/2015 | Richardson, Texas (UTD Activity Center) | Attendance: 1137
Texas Dallas414586
Stats at a GlanceCENTMBOUTD
FG Percentage.414 (29-70) .439 (29-66)
3P FG Percentage.412 (7-17) .269 (7-26)
FT Percentage.600 (3-5) .808 (21-26)
Offensive Rebounds1118
Defensive Rebounds2132
Total Rebounds3250
Bench Points617
Statistical LeadersCENTMBOUTD
PointsTravion Kirkendoll - 20
Caleb Banks - 18
ReboundsTravion Kirkendoll - 7
Reagan Keogh - 17
AssistsTreylan Matthews - 4
Caleb Banks - 5
StealsBrandon Campbell - 3
Reagan Keogh - 2
Caleb Banks - 2
Dapo Ogunfeitmi - 2
BlocksKendall Demouchet - 2
Reagan Keogh - 5

RICHARDSON, Texas – The Gents raced out to an 8-point first half lead, but the Comets managed an advantage in bench scoring (17-6) and points off turnovers (19-10) as Centenary (0-1) fell to UT-Dallas (1-0) 86-68 Saturday afternoon, November 14, in the season opener for both team.

Holding a slim 13-12 edge right out of the game, Centenary used a 9-2 run to push to a 22-14 less than five minutes into the ballgame. Junior Brandon Campbell hit a triple to ignite the run. Back on defense, freshman Treylan Matthews picked Caleb Banks’ pocket and fed to Campbell, who dished to sophomore Travion Kirkendoll for the layup. After UT-Dallas scored, senior DJ Hicks tallied a putback on a board and Matthews made a lay-up out of a media timeout.

Centenary shot 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from the field in the first half, but UT-Dallas built the lead in the second half thanks to holding the Gents to a 36.6 percent clip (15-for-41). The defending Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Yea , Kirkendoll led the Gents with 20 points and seven boards on 8-for-16 shooting. Campbell added 17 points, the fourth time in five games dating back to last season he has reached double-digit scoring.

Matthews added 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting and a pair from the charity stripe in his first collegiate outing. Junior James Sapp chipped in 10 points.

Up by one shortly before break, the Comets used a dunk by Dapo Ogunfeitmi and a pair of Caleb Banks free throws to take a 41-36 lead into intermission. Banks finished with a game-best 18 points on a 12-for-14 mark from the line.

Campbell cut the deficit to three for the Gents early in the second half, but Ogunfeitmi cleaned up a Kyle Coulter missed for the layup. Ogunfeitmi finished with 14 points and 17 board for the double-double. Coulter, who then added a three after a UT-Dallas stop, added 10 points for the game.

The Maroon and White cut the deficit to nine with 5:48 left, but Banks was perfect on four attempts from the line and a pair of lay-ups pushed the UT-Dallas lead to 81-64 with two minutes left.

The Gents open up home play at the Gold Dome Tuesday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.