Shreveport– The Centenary men’s basketball program has announced its 2022-23 regular season schedule, as the Gentiles open their season at home against Arlington Baptist University on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
Centenary is expected to play 14 home games, nine road games and two competitions on neutral ground. The Gents will prepare for the regular season by playing two exhibition games – Tuesday, Nov. 1 at LSUS (6 p.m.) and Monday, Nov. 7 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (7 p.m.).
The Gents finished last season 13-13 overall and 7-9 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play under head coach Chris Dorsey. Centenary has now finished .500 or better in all five seasons under Dorsey and made his ninth straight SCAC Tournament appearance. The Browns and Whites went 9-3 in the Gold Dome, continuing their recent stellar play at home as they are 24-6 in their last 30 home games over the past three seasons.
The Gents have established themselves as one of the conference’s most successful programs under Dorsey, winning 45 conference games over the past five seasons and their 38 wins in the 2017-21 season led the conference in that span. The Gents are now an impressive 25-13 in their last 38 conference games since Jan. 25, 2020. Centenary has made four trips to the SCAC Championship Game under Dorsey, and has also made two semifinal appearances.
Dorsey is 67-51 in five seasons at the helm, including an impressive 46-28 mark in the SCAC game. The Gents have won 13 or more games in a season four times under Dorsey’s tenure and eight or more conference games three times. He led the Gents to their best season of the Division III era and one of the most successful seasons in program history in 2019-20 as Maroon and White won their first tournament title SCAC to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, losing a heartbreaker, 83-81, to UT-Dallas.
The Gents finished 18-10 overall and went 15-5 in SCAC play (13-5 during the regular season) as the maroons and whites set Division III-era program records for single-season conference wins (15), winning streak (10), and single-season home wins (10) as the Gentiles went 10-1 at home. The SCAC tournament title also marked the Gents’ first men’s basketball conference title since 1980 when the Maroon and White won both the regular season and conference tournament championships while a member of the Trans America Athletic Conference (now the Atlantic Sun Conference). Centenary topped the individual SCAC playoff awards as Dorsey was named the 2019-20 SCAC Coach of the Year.
Centenary will play its first regular season road game at East Texas Baptist University on Saturday, Nov. 12 (5 p.m.) in Marshall, TX, then return home to face Louisiana Christian University on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. then play a pair of matches in the Millsaps Tournament in Jackson, Miss. on Nov. 19-20, take a break for Thanksgiving, then take on Texas College at home on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 3 p.m.
The Gents will open home conference play on Friday, Dec. 2 against Trinity (7:30 p.m.), then face Schreiner on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m., then play back-to-back non-conference home games — Tuesday, Dec. 6 against Millsaps ( 7:30 p.m.) and Belhaven University on Friday, December 9 (7 p.m.). Centenary then returns to conference play with games at Southwestern (Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.) and Texas Lutheran (Saturday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m.). The Gents end the calendar year at home on Friday, Dec. 30 against Dallas (6 p.m.) and against Austin College on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m.
Centenary will start the new year at home against St. Thomas (Tuesday, Jan. 10 – 7:30 p.m.) and Colorado College (Friday, Jan. 13 – 7:30 p.m.), then hit the road for games at Trinity (Friday, Jan. 20 – 7:30 p.m.) and at Schreiner (Saturday, Jan. 21 – 4 p.m.). The Gents’ final two home conference games are against Southwestern (Friday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, Jan. 29 against Texas Lutheran at 2 p.m. for Senior Day.
The Gents are in Dallas on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m., then at Austin College on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 6:00 p.m. The Gents’ final home game will be a non-conference game against Patriot University at 7:30 p.m. afternoon, then they close out the regular season on the road at St. Thomas (Tuesday, Feb. 14 – 7:30 p.m.) and at Colorado College on Sunday, Feb. 19 (4:30 p.m.).
The 2023 SCAC Championship is scheduled for February 24-26 in San Antonio and hosted by Trinity University.
Check out the full men’s season schedule here: https://www.gocentenary.com/sports/mbkb/2022-23/schedule
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