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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Centenary has something to smile about

Centenary's Tuesday night doubleheader sweep of Northwestern State was a big step forward for the Gents and Ladies basketball programs.

It was the first time in four years that the Gents have defeated the Demons, who are picked to finish first in their SLC divisional race. The Ladies had never topped the Ladies in 16 tries, but the programs have been moving closer together over the past three seasons.

Neither Gent's coach Rob Flaska nor Ladies coach Steve Curtis wanted to make too much of their respective win, but it was important nonetheless. And you could feel the enthusiasm in their voices as they talked about the milestone victories.

Both NSU men's coach Mike McConathy and Lady Demons coach Jennifer Graf displayed their displeasure with the officiating during the contest and both were hit with technicals. Graf's technical resulted in a pair of converted free throws by Centenary, significant since the Ladies won 62-61. McConathy's tech came with less than two minutes remaining in the contest and after the game was well in hand by the Gents.

Neither of the games will mean much in a couple of weeks, when both schools begin competing in their respective league races, but for at least one night the Centenary faithful had something to smile about.


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