GEORGETOWN, Texas – Centenary (12-12, 9-6 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) fell to Southwestern (13-11, 10-5 SCAC) 72-61 Friday night, February 15.
The Gents built a six-point lead – its largest of the game – with 6:46 left until the half. Down by two, junior Cedric Harris made a layup and senior Treylan Matthews hit a pair from the line. A layup from freshman Ty Prince and a jumper by Jericho Gray put Centenary up 24-18.
Harris narrowly missed the double-double with 21 points and nine boards. Matthews added 16.
With Centenary up 26-21, Southwestern went on an 8-0 run to take the lead back. Brandon Alexander completed a three-point play before Joel Martinez hit a traditional three. Alexander finished the run with a jumper.
Martinez led a quintet of Pirates that reached double-digits with 16. Alexander added 12.
A layup by Prince and a split from the line tied the game with 2:48 left before half. However, Kyle Howard made a three and hit a pair of free throws right before the intermission as Southwestern led by five at the half.
Southwestern led by as much as 12 in the second half in the 11-point win.
Centenary finishes the regular season Sunday afternoon, February 17, at Texas Lutheran at 2 p.m. A win will most likely give Centenary a three seed, a loss the fourth seed. Regardless of seeding, Centenary will most likely play either Trinity or Dallas.