Feb. 24, 2011 could prove to be a historical date in college basketball—it could be the day Centenary won its last game at the Division I level.
The Gentlemen defeated Western Illinois, the ninth-place team in the Summit League, on Thursday night for their first win of the season. In a year that has been a throw-away for the Centenary basketball program, the Gentlemen will not have to deal with the embarrassment of becoming the seventh team in college basketball history to have a winless season.
The chances for another Centenary victory are slim though.
The Gentlemen host third place IUPUI (17-13, 11-6 Summit) in their final regular season game. However, a win should not be completely out of the question, considering the Gentlemen played IUPUI close, losing by 10 points on the road, back in early December.
After that, the Gentlemen will be done. Due to the format of the Summit League tournament, where only eight of the 10 teams qualify, Centenary and Western Illinois will not get to play any games in March.
In what looks like the last Centenary win at the D-I level and the only win of the program's 2010-11 season, junior Maxx Nakwaasah led the Gentlemen with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Jonathan Blount was the other Gentleman who scored in double-digits, posting 19 points.
After this season, Centenary will transfer from D-I to D-III.