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Friday, November 21, 2008

Summit League notebook

Good week for the Gents
Centenary picks up its first win of the season with a 81-77 win over Troy Thursday in the LSU Men’s Classic. It was also the first win for new head coach Greg Gary.
“Our guys did a tremendous job because we got down by 13 early and were able to get it back to within one (41-40) at the half,” Gary told The Shreveport Times. “That gave us some momentum in the second half and we executed down the stretch.”
Nick Stalling led the Gents with 31 points.
Centenary also battled Northwestern State tough before falling 69-66. Chase Adams scored 20 points in the loss.
Earlier in the week Centenary picked up some good news when guard Mitch Marquis (Tyler, Texas) signed a national letter of intent. Marquis is ranked the No. 90 point guard in the nation by
“I love what coach Gary is doing with the program and with the offense, where he likes to move the ball around,” Marquis told Centenary Athletics. “He loves people who like to get after it and that’s the type of basketball I like to play.”
The Gents also have a verbal commitment from Charles Winborne (Boosier City, Louisana), who is the No. 127-ranked shooting guard by

Roos upset Wichita State
UMKC picked up an impressive road victory over Wichita State. The Kangaroos (1-1) had four player scored in double figures and shot 50 percent from the field in the win.
“We weren’t taking as many jump shots,” senior Dane Brumagin told The Wichita Eagle. “We just put our head down and drove.”
Brumagin finished with 12 points, sophomore Spencer Johnson had 14, freshman Latreze Mushatt (Saginaw Arthur Hill) added 13 and Reggie Hamilton finished with 11.
The win also gave UMKC confidence it can win on the road. The Kangaroos didn’t buckle under the pressure of playing in front of over 10,000 fans.
“It proved we can play with anybody when we run the stuff that we run and we play 100 percent,” Brumagin told The Wichita Eagle.
UMKC also picked up a nice recruit in the early signing period, Matt Webb, a 6-foot-7, 247-pound forward from Missouri. Webb averaged 21 points and 13 rebound per game as a junior for Summit Christian High School in Missouri. He is an McDonad's All-American candidate.

IPFW throws scare into Spartans
The Mastodons had upset on their mind against No. 5 Michigan State Wednesday night before the Spartans went on a 13-0 in the second half to put the game out of reach.
Sophomore guard Ben Botts led IPFW with 22 points, David Carson added 17 and Deilvez Yearby finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo praised the Mastodons after the game.
“I don’t want to take anything away from IPFW because I did like the way they handled themselves,” Izzo told The Journal Gazette. “Those guys played with some energy and some heart. The Carson kid really played well. We did a pretty good job on Botts early; he did a good job later on.
“(Fife’s) got a good team. If he gets the (Jakari) Johnson kid back, I hope this is a year where Dane makes some really big strides, because he deserved to have a big crowd for this game; I think it should have been bigger for him. … All and all, his kids played really well — better than our kids played.”
The attendance at IPFW for the game was 6,704 in the 13,000 seat Memorial Coliseum.

Oral Roberts signs Bell-Holter
The Golden Eagles signed Damen Bell-Holter, a 6-foot-10, 245-point center from Ketchikan, Alaska. Bell-Holter is currently playing at New Hampton prep school. He averaged 28.2 points, 16.8 rebounds and 4.5 blocks as a senior and was the No. 31-ranked center in the country by coming out of high school.
“Damen has a tremendous upside,” Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton told Oral Roberts athletics. “He can score under the basket and also owns the ability to step out and hit an occasional 3-pointer.”
Oral Roberts also received some good news when it found out freshman Dominique Morrison likely won’t miss anytime after taking a nasty spill against John Brown. Morrison had to have some of his teeth wired to keep them straight and will have to wear a mouthpiece.
The Golden Eagles play five-straight road games starting with Saturday’s game at Creighton.

Summit League results/schedule
Monday, November 17
Oakland 82, Oregon 79 (OT)
Oral Roberts 82, John Brown 58
Tuesday, November 18
Baylor 90, Centenary 55
North Dakota State 128, Mayville State 64
Wednesday, November 19
UMKC 66, Wichita State 63
VCU 72, South Dakota State 56
Western Illinois 75, Eureka College 57
Michigan State 70, IPFW 59
Thursday, November 20
Centenary 81, Troy 77
Florida 64, Southern Utah 50
Friday, November 21
Syracuse 86, Oakland 66
Northwestern State 69, Centenary 66
Saturday, November 22
Eastern Illinois at IPFW
Oral Roberts at Creighton
Southern Utah at Tennessee Tech
IU East at IUPUI
UMKC at Florida Atlantic
North Dakota State at Idaho
Western Illinois at Cincinnati
Sunday, November 23
Oakland at Iowa
South Dakota State at Drake



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