Men's College Basketball

Hawks put up fight, can't overcome sluggish start

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 11, 2017 12:01 am

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- As Ryan Hellenthal talked about every aspect of the Quincy University men's basktetball team's play in Friday night's season opener, he made sure to end each though with the same phrase.

"But we battled," the first-year coach said.

The Hawks did do that. After falling into an 18-0 hole after the first 51/2 minutes against Ferris State, Quincy whittled the deficit to four points late in the first half.

However, the 10th-ranked Bulldogs responded with a 7-0 run to start the second half and steadily held the Hawks at bay in a 75-60 victory in the GLVC/GLIAC Challenge at Jim Wink Arena.

QU (0-1) will finish the road trip at 6:30 p.m. Saturday against Grand Valley State. The Lakers lost 64-62 to Missouri-St. Louis as the Tritons' Anthony Hughes hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left in regulation.

"Against ranked teams, you're not going to recover from a deficit like that," said Hellenthal, who was coaching first game as a head coach after 17 seasons as a collegiate assistant coach. "We have to get these guys some confidence. We need to get them some swagger, but we battled."

The way the Hawks rebounded from the Bulldogs' early onslaught should provide some confidence.

Quincy missed its first 11 shots and didn't score until Marcus Hinton made a layup with 14:10 remaining in the first half. It was the start of a 10-3 run for the Hawks, but the Bulldogs pushed the advantage back to 28-14 with 7:19 to go.

The Hawks answered again, going on another 10-2 run that lasted 41/2 minutes and culminated with Ryan Briscoe's trey that pulled them within 28-24. Quincy missed its final four shots of the half and committed a turnover, allowing Ferris State to score the final basket of the half for a 30-24 edge.

"Offensively, we're going to struggle," said Hellenthal, whose team shot 37.5 percent from the floor and made just 2 of 9 free throws. "That's the nature of it right now."

Ferris State opened the second half on a 7-0 run and it took Quincy a while to recover. The Hawks trimmed the deficit to 43-27 on Demetrius Houston's layup with 11:20 to play, but the Bulldogs scored the next 10 points to systematically pull away.

"You wonder if you can get it to a two- or a four-point game if they will tighten up a little," Hellenthal said. "We never really put that kind of pressure on them."

Briscoe led the Hawks 16 points and four assists while going 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Marcus Hinton had 11 points and seven rebounds, while Bobby Frasco went 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

"We battled, but we ran out of gas down the stretch," Hellenthal said.

 

GLVC/GLIAC Challenge

Ferris State 75, Quincy 60

QUINCY (0-1)

Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts

Stuckman 4-10 0-0 1 3 8

Hinton 5-9 1-3 7 2 11

Briscoe 5-11 1-2 2 0 16

Frasco 3-6 0-0 4 4 9

Houston 4-15 0-0 6 1 9

Dosier 1-3 0-0 3 0 3

Liem 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

DeVries 2-7 0-0 5 2 4

Meny 0-0 0-2 1 0 0

Zurcher 0-1 0-0 2 0 0

Johnson 0-2 0-2 4 2 0

Team 7

Totals 24-64 2-9 42 14 60

FERRIS STATE (3-0)

Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts

King 2-9 2-2 4 0 8

Mayfield 4-10 0-0 10 0 9

Hankins 4-6 2-4 9 1 10

Cushingberry 5-10 6-6 3 3 19

Firlik 4-8 0-0 4 0 8

Thrower 3-10 2-3 4 0 8

Hughes 0-4 0-0 1 1 0

Greer 2-4 0-0 4 2 5

Staples 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

McFadden 1-1 1-2 0 2 3

Meacham 1-5 0-0 2 0 3

Peterson 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Walker 1-1 0-0 4 3 2

Team 0

Totals 27-68 13-17 45 12 75

Halftime score--Ferris State 30, QU 24. 3-point field goals--Quincy 10-21 (Briscoe 5-7, Frasco 3-5, Houston 1-4, Dosier 1-2, Hinton 0-1, DeVries 0-1, Zurcher 0-1), Ferris State 8-31 (Cushingberry 3-5, King 2-8, Meacham 1-5, Mayfield 1-3, Greer 1-3, Thrower 0-4, Hughes 0-3). Assists--Quincy 13 (Briscoe, Houston 4), Ferris State 25 (Cushingberry 6). Steals--Quincy 1 (Frasco), Ferris State 7 (Cushingberry 3). Blocked shots--Quincy 3 (Hinton, Briscoe, Johnson), Ferris State 7 (Hankins, Cushingberry 3). Turnovers--Quincy 13, Ferris State 7. Officials--Kendal Smith, Michael Brya, Jordan Jerrett.

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