Sapp Breaks SCAC Rebounding Record, Gents Trumped by Hot Shooting Southwestern, 105-88
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Southwestern (TX) (8-9, 3-3 SCAC)
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Centenary (LA) (8-9, 2-4 SCAC)
1/20/2017 | Shreveport, La. (Gold Dome) | Attendance: 417
1st2ndFinal
Southwestern (TX)5352105
Centenary (LA)335588
Stats at a GlanceSUMBBCENTMB
FG Percentage.525 (32-61) .455 (30-66)
3P FG Percentage.531 (17-32) .300 (6-20)
FT Percentage.750 (24-32) .815 (22-27)
Offensive Rebounds718
Defensive Rebounds1924
Total Rebounds2642
Turnovers1018
Steals96
Bench Points3248
Statistical LeadersSUMBBCENTMB
PointsRyan Ogden - 21
Travion Kirkendoll - 25
ReboundsRyan Ogden - 7
Travion Kirkendoll - 8
AssistsRyan Ogden - 4
Joel Martinez - 4
Treylan Matthews - 4
StealsBen Stiver - 3
Treylan Matthews - 3
BlocksZach Whitlock - 2
Cedric Harris - 1
Hayden Clason - 1

SHREVEPORT, La. – Gents senior James Sapp needed six rebounds to reach 861 boards for his career and break the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference record. With a defensive board with 10:19 remaining in the game, he did just that.

However, the Gents surrendered 17 triples and only hit six themselves as Centenary (8-9, 2-4 SCAC) fell to Southwestern (8-9, 3-3 SCAC) 105-88 Friday night, January 20.

With the Maroon down 74-48 with 12:20 remaining in the game, the largest lead of the game for the Pirates, the Gents used a 21-7 run over five minutes to pull within 12. Junior Dyllon Weaver made a driving layup and classmate Travion Kirkendoll hit a pair from the line. Sapp added a pair of fastbreak hoops around a Southwestern bucket, and Weaver hit a fastbreak three off a pass from Sapp.

Kirkendoll etched game highs in both points (25) and rebounds (eight) to lead Centenary. Sapp added 18 20 points and Weaver added 15.

Southwestern made a hoop and split from the line to push the lead back to 20, but Kirkendoll picked up a steal and the made the first of two thunderous dunks on the night to give the Gents some momentum. The teams traded a pair of free throws before a sophomore Mitchell Tarantolo layup. Kirkendoll capped the run with a pair of layups.

Centenary trailed 81-69 with 7:03 left. The Gents had a chance to cut into the deficit further, but they missed a jumper and a shooting and technical foul led to three free throws by the Pirates. Sophomore Treylan Matthews – who added 11 points for the Gents – split from the line to cut it to 14, but Chris Molina hit a pair of threes for Southwestern to build the lead back up to 19.

Molina hit 5-for-8 from distance for 20 points for Southwestern. The Pirates went 17-for-32 from three (53.1 percent), finishing the game 13-for-30 (43.3 percent) overall from the field.

Southwestern built a 20-point halftime lead thanks to a 61.3 percent (19-for-31) mark from the field in the period. Conversely, Centenary only shot 12-for-34 (35.3 percent) in the first half.

Centenary cut the deficit to 23-19 with 9:05 remaining in the first half, but a 13-0 run by the Pirates pushed the lead to double-digits for good. Luke Hicks jumpstarted the run with a triple. After two buckets, including a fastbreak dunk by Ryan Ogden, Ogden and Hicks hit back-to-back threes.

The Gents pulled within three with five minutes until half, but Molina hit a three. Ben Stiver hit the final shot of the half, a three, to give Southwestern a 20-point lead.

Southwestern began the second half with another Molina three.

Ogden scored 21 points to lead Southwestern, and Stiver joined Molina with 20 points. Hicks came off the bench for 17, and Zach Whitlock chipped in 10.

Centenary returns to action Sunday afternoon, January 22, against Texas Lutheran. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m.