Blount's Career Night Lifts Gents Over Sul Ross, 65-61
With the win, the Gents improved to 2-7 on the year under second year head coach Adam Walsh. The victory snapped a three-game skid and both wins this season have come in front of a home crowd.
Blount's 23 points came on 6-of-12 from the field, 2-of-5 from deep, and 9-of-11 from the free throw line. The Shreveport guard took matters into his own hands in the final minutes of play with his made three-pointer that gave the Gents a 60-58 lead with two minutes left. When the Gents saw themselves down by one point (60-61), Blount knocked down all four free throws to secure the win.
Also producing another career-night was sophomore transfer Jairus Browning with 14 points on 4-of-5 from deep, while senior Maxx Nakwaasah added 11 points and led the team with a career-best six assists and totaled two key blocks.
Centenary shot 38 percent (19-50) from the floor, while Sul Ross was 43 percent (24-56). The Gents knocked down nine treys and 18-of-23 free throws for 78 percent.
The Lobos edged the Gents in rebounding by one, 34 to 33. Nakwaasah was one rebound shy of a double-double at nine to lead Centenary on the boards.
Centenary held a lead through the first six minutes of play, until Sul Ross broke loose a 10-1 run to go up by eight (21-13) midway through the half. The Gents got within three in the first half, but back-to-back treys to end the half left Centenary down 33-24 at the mid-point.
Down by 10 (44-34) with 13 minutes left in the game, Centenary used a 7-0 run to narrow it to three (44-41).
Sul Ross kept a lead until Blount's layup at 5:07 put Centenary back on top. The final five minutes were back-and-forth until the Centenary returners in Blount and Nakwaasah controlled the final minutes of play from the free throw line.
Sul Ross was led in scoring by Colton Thompson's 16 points, while Eric Garcia and Juston Copeland each pulled down eight rebounds.
"I am very proud of our overall effort. Jonathan [Blount] bounced back from his injury and had a big night for us. Maxx[Nakwaasah] had one of the most complete games of his career, but the biggest and most notable stat of the night came in our free throw percentage," said Walsh.
2011-12 Men's Basketball
Wednesday, January 11, 2012Basketball to Experiment with Free Live Audio for Fans
Tuesday, January 10, 2012Preview: Gents Look to Continue Win Streak
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Friday, January 06, 2012Centenary Brings Community Renewal to Basketball Games
Friday, January 06, 2012Blount's Career Night Lifts Gents Over Sul Ross, 65-61
Tuesday, January 03, 2012Centenary Basketball Offers Groupon Deal for Fans this Week
Monday, January 02, 2012Preview: Gents Back in Action at Home
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