MEN'S BASKETBALL: Centenary picks up road victory at LeTourneau
LONGVIEW – The Centenary Gentlemen held LeTourneau to 24 percent shooting in the first half and went on to claim a 74-58 win Thursday over the YellowJackets.
Maxx Nakwaasah scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Centenary (7-7) to its sixth consecutive victory. Tyler Wright added 13 points off the bench for the Gentlemen.
Deitrich Williams (Fort Worth, Texas/Grace Prep) scored 12 points to lead the YellowJackets (3-13, 2-10 ASC East). Jarrod Hudgens (Montgomery, Texas/Montgomery) added eight points – all in the second half – and Kendrae Carter (Houston, Texas/NW Oklahoma State) scored eight points off the LeTourneau bench.
The Gents took control of the game midway through the first half with a 15-0 run that gave Centenary a 27-9 lead with 6:51 remaining in the first half. In turn, the Jackets responded with a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to eight points with 2:05 remaining before halftime. Williams scored seven of LeTourneau's 10 points during the span.
The Jackets were able to cut Centenary's lead to single digits early in the second half, but a 10-2 run between the 17:14 and 14:30 marks of the period stretched the Gents' lead to 47-30.
LeTourneau players fared better in the second half by shooting 39 percent (13 of 33) from the field, but couldn't keep up with Centenary, which shot 54 percent (13 of 24) from the floor.
As Centenary is phasing out athletic scholarships after moving to the NCAA's Division III this season from Division I, its games are not counted in the ASC's league standings.
The YellowJackets return to the court Saturday for their rivalry game against the Tigers of East Texas Baptist. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.
The YellowJackets, along with the basketball teams from the American Southwest Conference's 15 other schools, will begin "Make-A-Change in 14 Days" on Saturday. LeTourneau players will be accepting donations, which will be contributed to the Longview Boys and Girls Club.
The Jackets are also encouraging fans to wear white Saturday as part of the teams' "White Out the Tigers" promotion.
- LeTourneau internet radio announcer Erik Holth contributed to this report.