FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2000
Contact: Patrick Netherton, Sports Information Director, 318-869-5092


SHREVEPORT, LA -- The Centenary Gents squandered a 10-point lead in the second half and overcame a three-point deficit in the final 4:25 to come away with a 66-64 victory over the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans in the Gold Dome on Tuesday night.

After being down 33-29 at the half, UALR went on a 17-4 run to begin the second half and take a 41-37 lead with 12:52 remaining in the game.

With 2:16 left and the Gents down 62-61, junior guard Ronnie McCollum missed a three-point shot from the right wing, grabbed his own rebound and hit the leaning jumper from inside the key to give Centenary a 63-62 lead that they would not relinquish.

A key layup from point guard Warren Harris gave the Gents a three point lead at 65-62, followed by a jumper by Laverne Smith of UALR to cur the lead back to 65-64 with 38 seconds remaining. Harris hit one of two free throws and Smith's 12-foorer missed as the game ended.

Centenary was led by McCollum and sophomore forward Ed Dotson, who both scored over 20 points for the second straight game. McColum ended with a game-high 27 points on 10 of 18 shooting, including 5 of 11 from three-point range, while Dotson chipped in with 21 on 7 of 12 shooting from both the field and the free throw line.

The Gents shot 48 percent from the field, while the Trojans shot 46.9, and both teams collected 28 rebounds in what was a very evenly played game.

Centenary returns to road action as the Gents travel to Nashville to face the Belmont Bruins for the second time this season on Saturday. The tip-off is set for 3 p.m.