Centenary takes two from UT Tyler

UT Tyler's Brandon Levine dribbles around Centenary College's Jonathan Blout in the first half of their game Saturday afternoon at the Herrington Patriot Center. (Sarah A. Miller | Tyler Morning Telegraph)

With a couple of big games looming next week, UT Tyler has set its sights on improving on the basketball court each day.

The Patriots did just that on Saturday, having one of their better shooting days before falling to Centenary, 85-81, at the Herrington Patriot Center.

In the women’s game, Centenary shot out to a big lead and cruised to a 77-62 win.

Both Patriot squads return to American Southwest Conference play next week with home games against Louisiana College (Thursday) and Mississippi College (Saturday).

“These guys keep coming out here, fighting and playing hard,” UT Tyler coach Kenny Bizot said. 

“We have a big week upcoming and I told them I will be with them every step of the way.”

The Saturday games did not count in conference as Centenary is still in transition from NCAA Division I to III. However, the Shreveport, La., college will not be joining the ASC next year as originally expected. The Gentlemen and Ladies will be headed to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, the school president David Rowe announced. The SCAC includes Austin College, University of Dallas, Trinity, Southwestern and Colorado College.

 

Men

The Patriots (5-12) shot 46 percent and hung tough with the Gentlemen (8-7), but the free throw line was the difference. The Patriots shot 84 percent (16 of 19) from the charity stripe, but they didn’t get as many opportunities as Centenary (33 of 49). 

Darren Houliston, a junior from Euless, led the Patriots with 20 points, while Larry Carpenter, a senior from Waco, and Brandon Levine, a senior from Dallas, were right behind with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Levine also led with five rebounds.

Maxx Nakwaasah, who earlier in the week hit for 51 points against East Texas Baptist in breaking Robert Parish’s school record, led the Gentlemen with 27 points and eight rebounds. Nakwaasah, a senior from Dallas, was also 16 of 17 from the free throw line.

Jonathan Blount was next for Centenary with 23 points, while JaCo Hardin-Crawford added 19.

It appeared the Gents were putting the game away when Nakwaasah hit an inside shot for a 77-65 lead with 2:13 to go. But a free throw and a 3-pointer by Carpenter and a basket by Lance Murphy brought the Patriots within 77-71. But Centenary got another burst, going up 81-71 on two free throws each by Nakwaasah and JaCo Hardin-Crawford with just 37 seconds showing.

But once again the Patriots fought back to get within 82-81 with 10.3 seconds showing as Carpenter, Billy Hopson and Houliston all drained 3-pointers.

Two free throws by Nakwaasah put the Gents up 84-81 at 9.4 seconds and the Patriots were unable to launch a 3-point attempt before turning the ball over. Jairus Browning added a free throw with .9 seconds showing for the final score of 85-81.

 

Women

Four Ladies scored in double figures in leading Centenary (6-12) to the win. Jalena Sanders led the Ladies with 20 points, while Vashni Sharp-Moore was next at 18.

Kelly Johnstone, a former Tyler Junior College Apache Lady, hit for 14 points, hitting 4 of 8 from 3-point land. Centenary teammate Megan Daniel had 14 as well.

Shamiya Domino, a senior from Longview, led the Patriots with 14 points. Olivia Burns added 10 points. Lindsey Hausmann had nine points.

Afritina Anderson paced UT Tyler with nine boards.

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Women

Centenary 77, UT Tyler 62

CENTENARY (6-12)—Jalena Sanders 9-15 2-2 20; Vashni Sharp-Moore 7-10 3-4 18; Megan Daniel 6-10 0-0 14; Kelly Johnstone 5-9 0-0 14; Derrany Thomas 3-5 2-3 9; Ronny Kendrick 0-0 2-2 2; Kayla Ruth 0-0 0-0 0; Dio Warr 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 30-52 9-11 77.

UT TYLER (9-8)—Shamiya Domino 6-10 2-4 14; Olivia Burns 3-5 4-4 10; Lindsey Hausmann 4-13 0-0 9; Melissa Thomas 3-9 1-2 7; Afritina Anderson 3-5 1-1 7; She’Cara Humphrey 3-5 0-0 6; Nicole Tucker 1-7 2-3 5; Ally Allen 0-2 2-2 2; Kayla McGovern 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 24-58 12-16 62.

Halftime—Centenary 39-30. 3-point goals—Centenary 8-17 (Johnstone 4-8; Daniel 2-5; Thomas 1-2; Sharp-Moore 1-2), UT Tyler 2-17 (Hausmann 1-5; Tucker 1-4; Thomas 0-3; Allen 0-1; Burns 0-2; Domino 0-2). Fouled out—Centenary-None, UT Tyler-None. Rebounds—Centenary 29 (Daniel 6), UT Tyler 28 (Anderson 9). Assists—Centenary 9 (Sharp-Moore 5), UT Tyler 8 (Hausmann 3). Total fouls—Centenary 17, UT Tyler 12. Technical fouls—Centenary-None, UT Tyler-Melissa Thomas. A-237.

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Men

Centenary 85, UT Tyler 81

CENTENARY (8-7)—Maxx Nakwaasah 5-16 16-17 27; Jonathan Blount 7-11 7-11 23; JaCo Hardin-Crawford 6-9 4-4 19; Matt Nichenko 2-2 1-4 5; Isaiah Whitaker 2-2 0-0 4; Jairus Browning 1-3 1-7 3; Caden Cheramie 0-0 2-4 2; Saro Ntagha 0-0 2-2 2; Pierson Rivera 0-1 0-0 0; Brandon Center 0-1 0-0 0; Tyler Wright 0-1 0-0 0; Daniel Allen 0-1 0-0 0; Arni Sigurdsson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-48 33-49 85.

UT TYLER (5-12)—Darren Houliston 6-11 7-10 20; Larry Carpenter 7-16 2-2 19; Brandon Levine 5-11 7-7 18; Billy Hopson 3-5 0-0 7; Dallas Bean 2-3 0-0 4; Lance Murphy 2-9 0-0 4; Jacob McDonald 1-2 0-0 3; Josiah Summerville 1-1 0-0 2; Stephan Tarpley 1-4 0-0 2; Spencer Denmon 1-1 0-0 2; Dallas Quick 0-0 0-0 0; Spencer Terry 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-63 16-19 81.

Halftime—UT Tyler 39-31. 3-point goals—Centenary 6-15 (Hardin-Crawford 3-5; Blount 2-3; Nakwaasah 1-2; Browning 0-2; Rivera 0-1; Allen 0-1; Sigurdsson 0-1), UT Tyler 7-19 (Carpenter 3-9; Levine 1-3; Hopson 1-3; Houliston 1-2; McDonald 1-1; Tarpley 0-1). Fouled out—Centenary-None, UT Tyler-Levine; Murphy; McDonald. Rebounds—Centenary 37 (Nichenko 8; Nakwaasah 8; Hardin-Crawford 8), UT Tyler 28 (Levine 6). Assists—Centenary 11 (Browning 3; Blount 3), UT Tyler 15 (Carpenter 5). Total fouls—Centenary 19, UT Tyler 32. Technical fouls—Centenary-Browning, UT Tyler-Hopson. A-456.

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