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Northwestern State holds off Centenary 83-80

Dec 1, 2009 - 4:49 AM SHREVEPORT, La.(AP) -- Will Pratt scored 16 points and Northwestern State held off a late Centenary rally to beat the Gentlemen 83-80 on Monday night and snap a five-game road skid.

The Demons (3-2) led by as many as 22 points and were ahead 74-56 with 4:04 to go. David Perez got Centenary (3-2) within 79-75 with a 3-pointer with 46 seconds remaining.

Northwestern State made foul shots to lead 82-78, then Roman Tubner scored on a layup with 7 seconds left.

After Shamir Davis hit another free throw, Perez got across midcourt with under 2 seconds left, but was stripped of the ball by Michael McConathy in the final second.

Davis had 13 points and McConathy had 12 and six assists.

The Gentlemen, who snapped a three-game winning streak, were scoreless the first 6 minutes and shot 16.1 percent (5-for-31) in the first half.

Perez scored 18 points to lead Centenary and Maxx Nakwaasah added 17.