SHREVEPORT-The Centenary mens basketball team wore down Nicholls State 84-71 in the Gold Dome on Saturday to accomplish a pair of things that the Gents have not done in two years. The Maroon and White have been in a rebuilding phase of late and look to be on the right track after pulling its record to .500 (4-4) against Division I opponents for the first time since the conclusion of the 2003-04 season (16-12). The Gents also won back-to-back games against Division I opponents for the first time since downing Southern Utah and UMKC late in the 2003-04 campaign after dismissing UALR on Thursday. Centenary hung in the game in the first half despite an exceptional shooting effort from Nicholls State. The Colonels frustrated the Gents shooting 65 percent from the field as almost everything the visitors put in the air seemed to go in the basket. Nicholls State made seven of their first 10 three-point attempts and was shooting over 75 percent from the floor for three-quarters of the opening half. Despite shooting just 34.3 percent throughout the first 20 minutes of play, Centenary stayed close by forcing 11 turnovers and by wining the rebounding battle. Of the Gents 19 rebounds in the half, 10 came off the offensive glass. Centenary played from behind the entire first half and trailed by as many as 10 points after Stefan Blaszczynski drained his fourth three-pointer of the period with 4:40 remaining. Trailing 37-27, the Gents finished the half on a 10-1 run backed by four points each from Tyrone Hamilton and Nick Stallings to go into the break down just one at 38-37. Nicholls State (0-9) cooled off a tad in the second half, but the Gents caught the hot hand. Centenary forced the ball inside and worked for better shots on the outside in shooting 62.5 percent from the floor over the final period. The Maroon and White also sank 12-of-13 free throw attempts down the stretch to pull away. Centenary opened the second half with a three-pointer from the corner by Alexander Starr that barely beat the shot clock. The trifecta gave the Gents the lead until a layup by Aaron Scott knotted the score at 40 apiece. An 8-0 run by the home team on the strength of Lance Hill in the post gave Centenary a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the day. Blasczcynski led all scorers with 24 points, going 8-for-12 from the field including 5-of-7 from the three-point line. Ryan Bathie added 17 points for Nicholls State and Aaron Scott had 10 points. Four Gents reached double figures with Bryan Baumann finishing with nine points after hitting three big three-pointers. Starr and Hamilton both netted 17 points for Centenary while Hill contributed 16 points in the win. Larry Logan hit his season average with 14 points. Centenary will now take a week off from the schedule before traveling to face Bobby Knight and the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas, next Saturday at 1 p.m. The Gents return to the Gold Dome the following Saturday when they host SMU at 3 p.m.