Men's College Basketball

Quincy's defense lets down in second half of loss at Rockhurst

Marcus Hinton
By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Dec. 1, 2017 1:40 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- At halftime Thursday night, Quincy University men's basketball coach Ryan Hellenthal felt his team was doing exactly what it had to do.

"Our energy and engagement was good," Hellenthal said.

Somehow in the 15-minute break, those good vibes were lost.

Rockhurst outscored Quincy 20-9 in the first 51/2 minutes of the second half and rode the momentum to an 82-66 victory in the Great Lakes Valley Conference opener at Mason-Halpin Field House.

"At halftime, we talked about sense of purpose," Hellenthal said. "We talked about playing with passion. We talked about the first five minutes being the most important.

"They came out and said they were going to drive the ball right down our throats, and we didn't stop them."

It was the second lull Quincy (1-5, 0-1 GLVC) endured.

Quincy built a 22-17 lead midway through the first half by scoring 10 points in the paint. However, Rockhurst responded with a 12-0 run in which Quincy missed six shots and two front ends of 1-and-1 situations. Quincy made just four of its first 10 free throws.

Yet, Quincy cut the deficit to three by halftime by going 9 of 12 from the free-throw line in the final four minutes of the half.

"They followed the gameplan and executed," Hellenthal said.

In the second half, Quincy didn't stop the dribble penetration and allowed Rockhurst to score at well. Rockhurst's first 16 points of the second half were all scored in the paint.

"Our ball screen coverage was a step slow," Hellenthal said. "In the first half, our ball screen coverage was really good and denied them lanes to drive. We were a step slower in the second half."

Figuring out how to change that is the coaching staff's challenge.

"I don't know because we talked about everything we needed to be concerned with at the start of the second half," Hellenthal said. "We didn't execute it."

Freshman forward Tanner Stuckman led Quincy with 18 points, while freshman point guard Ryan Briscoe had 11 points and five assist. Junior forward Marcus Hinton grabbed 11 rebounds.

Quincy will finish the road trip at 3:15 p.m. Saturday at William Jewell, which improved to 8-0 with a 107-86 victory over Maryville.

"We'll regroup and move forward," Hellenthal said. "We'll be ready."

Rockhurst 82, Quincy 66

QUINCY (1-5, 0-1)

Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts

Briscoe 4-13 1-3 3 2 11

Frasco 3-7 0-0 3 3 8

Houston 2-9 4-5 2 4 8

Hinton 3-10 0-3 11 0 7

Johnson 2-3 4-5 2 4 8

Dosier 0-1 0-0 0 2 0

DeVries 0-1 1-2 3 3 1

Meny 1-1 0-0 1 0 2

Alexander 0-0 3-4 3 2 3

Stuckman 6-10 5-6 6 1 18

Team 7

Totals 21-55 18-28 41 21 66

ROCKHURST (4-3, 1-0)

Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts

Lewis 5-8 3-4 3 4 13

Evans 6-7 2-4 5 2 17

Muench 5-15 4-4 2 1 17

Hagan 2-5 0-0 9 3 5

Curry 3-4 1-2 2 4 7

Wilson 0-2 0-2 1 2 0

Hrubes 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Salisbury 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Offermans 0-1 0-0 0 0 0

House 0-2 0-0 4 4 0

Brown 2-4 1-3 2 2 5

Rushing 4-11 5-5 4 1 16

Burch 1-1 0-0 2 2 2

Team 0

Totals 28-60 16-24 34 25 82

Halftime--Rockhurst 36, Quincy 33. 3-point field goals--Quincy 6-22 (Briscoe 2-7, Frasco 2-6, Hinton 1-3, Stuckman 1-1, Houston 0-3, Dosier 0-1, DeVries 0-1), Rockhurst 10-31 (Muench 3-12, Rushing 3-8, Evans 3-3, Hagan 1-3, Lewis 0-2, House 0-2, Wilson 0-1). Assists--Quincy 15 (Briscoe 5), Rockhurst 17 (Lewis 8). Steals--Quincy 3 (Briscoe, Houston, Stuckman), Rockhurst 9 (Evans 5). Blocked shots–Quincy 4 (Johnson 3), Rockhurst 3 (Evans, Hagan, Brown). Turnovers--Quincy 14, Rockhurst 7. Technical fouls--Quincy bench.

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