Winless Centenary is winless no more

In a week that's already seen Caltech end its 310-game conference losing streak, perhaps it was only appropriate that Centenary would join the party and gets its first win of the season.

The Gentlemen, who are in their final season of Division I before moving to Division III, entered tonight's game against Western Illinois with a record of 0-28 overall and 0-16 in the Summit League.

There's now a 1 on the left side of both of those records.

Playing at home in Shreveport, La., in its second-to-last game of the season, Centenary beat the Leathernecks 73-60. Junior Maxx Nakwaasah (what a name!) scored 24 points and hauled in 11 rebounds for the Gents, who shot 62.5 percent in the second half.

It was a Western Illinois team (7-21, 2-15) that had beaten the Gentlemen by just six back in early December, one of only two games in which Centenary had finished within single digits. This is a team that began the season with a 104-40 loss at Memphis and it never really got much better after that. There was the 42-point loss to LSU. The 41-point loss to Tulane. In a 33-game losing streak that dated back to last year, the Gents were outscored by a whopping 690 points (20.9 average).

And it's not like there had been much momentum heading into this one. Centenary had not lost by less than 20 points in any of its previous six conference games. It's a freshman-heavy team, after all, that was gutted by transfers and has only four scholarship players.

So that made Thursday's victory all that much sweeter for the alma mater of Robert Parish. A team that had rarely come even close to winning in 28 previous games, not only wins but wins going away.

Congrats, Gentlemen.