Men's College Basketball

Forgettable first half as Hawks lose fifth straight

Marcus Hinton
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 10, 2018 10:10 pm

QUINCY -- The aggressiveness and tenacious effort the Quincy University men's basketball team showed in the second half Saturday is something the Hawks want to recreate.

As for the first half ... well, they'd rather forget that entirely.

Although held scoreless for the first five minutes against Truman State, Quincy trailed only 15-13 with 8:44 to play in the half before everything unraveled. The Hawks committed three consecutive turnovers that fueled a 24-2 run by the Bulldogs and led to an 86-72 loss at Pepsi Arena.

Quincy's fifth straight loss -- all in Great Lakes Valley Conference play -- was made worse by the fact it scored just 19 points in the first half.

"I'm just disappointed in the way we started the game again," QU coach Ryan Hellenthal said. "Just not a lot of fire there. I thought our defense kept us in the game the first 10 or 12 minutes, but then we have three live ball turnovers and there they go.

"When a team hits us with a 6-0 run or more, we have not responded well all year. We're always playing from behind. And it snowballed."

It was more like an avalanche.

Truman State scored on 12 consecutive possessions, going 11 of 13 from the field with both misses leading to offensive rebounds and putbacks.

The Bulldogs led by their largest margin -- 42-17 with 1:26 to go -- when the run ended.

"It didn't seem like anything could go our way," QU reshirt freshman point guard Ryan Briscoe said. "There were loose balls here, people getting it tipped from behind there. Everything was going bad."

The Hawks committed eight turnovers in that stretch, leading to 12 points for the Bulldogs. Overall, Truman State forced Quincy into 24 turnovers and owned a 36-7 edge in points off turnovers.

"The thing I was most proud of, especially in the first half, was our defense fueled everything," Truman State coach Chris Foster said. "We were getting stops. We were getting rebounds, We were able to get out in transition. That's when we're at our best."

And it left Quincy playing its worst offensively. The Hawks made only two field goals the final eight minutes of the half, went 1 of 11 from 3-point range and finished with their lowest scoring half of the season.

"In the first half, we were very hesitant," Hellenthal said. "We couldn't get an open look on the perimeter and our bigs were posting up at 20 feet."

And when Truman State started its run, Quincy didn't find a way to stop it.

"That's one of our problems," Briscoe said. "We get on a run, and then something won't go our way and we lose that confidence and lose that flow. We have to try to counter that and keep things going.

"When we attack, we do good things. We were a little timid in the first half."

Down 42-19 at halftime, the Hawks opened the second half by scoring on six consecutive possessions and eventually trimmed the deficit to 62-51 when Marcus Hinton scored with the left hand with nine minutes to play.

Quincy had turnovers on three of the next four possessions, lost a defensive rebound that Truman State's Brodric Thomas turned into a putback and saw the deficit get stretched back to 20 points in less than two minutes.

"We'd like to take it from 20 to 25 or 30 and keep it there," Foster said. "Give credit to Quincy. They kept competing and fighting and playing hard. But I thought our guys responded to that.'

The Hawks scored 53 points in the second half and ended up with four players in double figures. Demetrius Houston led Quincy with 17 points and five assists, while Hinton had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Although it was too little, too late, the Hawks firmly believe the more aggressive way they played in the second half will give them a boost going into games at Illinois-Springfield and Missouri-St. Louis next week.

"I think we have to try to do that," Hellenthal said. "I think defensively we took a step forward today. It doesn't show on the scoreboard, but we caused they to force some tough shots. They are a hard team to keep down."

Truman State 86, Quincy 72

TRUMAN STATE (15-8, 10-4 GLVC)

Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts

Thomas 4-7 1-1 4 3 11

Scott 7-12 2-3 1 2 17

Fischer 4-6 5-5 6 4 13

Velky 5-19 6-6 4 1 17

Messer 3-11 0-1 3 1 7

Socha 1-2 2-2 1 0 5

Hughes 5-9 0-0 0 0 11

Lusso 2-2 1-1 1 3 5

Team 0

Totals 31-68 17-19 20 14 86

QUINCY (7-17, 3-12 GLVC)

Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts

Briscoe 4-7 0-0 6 3 11

Frasco 2-7 2-2 2 4 6

Houston 5-11 7-8 5 2 17

Stuckman 3-9 0-0 10 1 7

Hinton 5-10 2-2 11 4 14

Dosier 3-4 0-0 3 2 7

Meny 0-1 0-0 1 1 0

Johnson 4-5 2-2 2 3 10

Camilo 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Team 0

Totals 26-54 13-14 40 21 72

Halftime score--Truman State 42, Quincy 19. 3-point field goals--Truman State 7-23 (Thomas 2-2, Velky 18, Messer 1-5, Hughes 1-4, Scott 1-2, Socha 1-2), Quincy 7-24 (Briscoe 3-6, Hinton 2-6, Stuckman 1-3, Dosier 1-2, Frasco 0-4, Houston 0-2, Meny 0-1). Assists--Truman State 12 (Messer 3), Quincy 14 (Houston 5). Steals--Truman State 15 (Velky 5), Quincy 3 (Stuckman, Dosier, Meny). Blocked shots--Quincy 1 (Camilo). Turnovers--Truman State 8, Quincy 24. Officials--Tom Svehla, Paul Fitzwater, Jeremiah Paden.

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