GLVC hoops notebook: QU men alternate defenses to try to keep foes off balance

Posted: Nov. 27, 2012 3:08 am Updated: Dec. 18, 2012 5:15 am

Herald-Whig Sports Writer

The Truman State men's basketball team picked apart Quincy University's man-to-man defense in the first 10 minutes of last Tuesday's game at Pepsi Arena.

The Bulldogs scored on nine of their first 17 possessions en route to taking a 20-2 lead. That's about the time the Hawks threw a 1-3-1 zone at Truman. The game started shifting in QU's favor, and Quincy wound up winning 62-60.

QU used three defenses in that game against Truman, with some matchup 2-3 zone added to the man-to-man and 1-3-1 looks.

"I think when they started changing defenses is when things changed," Truman coach Matt Woodley said.

Although man-to-man remains the Hawks' base defense, QU has used the 1-3-1 zone for at least a few possessions in every game.

QU coach Marty Bell indicated after the Truman game that all three defensive looks will remain options in the future.

"I think for our team right now, teams get in a rhythm if we stay in one defense too long," said Bell, whose team takes a 2-1 record into Wednesday's game at Central Missouri (3-1). "So having a couple of different things in our arsenal, even if it's just for a possession or two, just to keep the other team (from getting) in their comfort zone, I think is helpful to us."

Early returns show that the Hawks' defense has plenty of room for improvement overall.

Through three games, the Hawks are surrendering 69.7 points per game, a figure that ranks 11th in the 16-team Great Lakes Valley Conference. Opponents are making 46.9 percent of their field-goal attempts against QU, giving the Hawks' the GLVC's worst field-goal percentage defense.

KWC wins battle of ranked foes: The No. 25-ranked Kentucky Wesleyan men nearly waited too late to turn up the intensity in Saturday's game against No. 23-ranked Shaw (N.C.), but the Panthers got their act together in time to win the Glenn Young Invitational title at Owensboro, Ky.

KWC trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half before rallying to force overtime and claiming a 76-68 win.

"That was a gut-check type of win where we just keep batting, keep going," KWC coach Todd Lee told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer.

Junior forward Donovan Johsnon led KWC with 19 points and 14 rebounds, and KWC freshman point guard Lucas Barker was named tournament MVP.

The game marked the first time this season the Panthers (4-0) didn't score at least 88 points. KWC leads the GLVC with a scoring average of 89.2 points per game.

Still unbeaten: The GLVC still has five undefeated teams on the men's side. In the East, Bellarmine, Indianapolis, Kentucky Wesleyan and Southern Indiana remain unbeaten and Drury of the West remains undefeated.

Bellarmine (No. 5), Southern Indiana (No. 9) and Kentucky Wesleyan (No. 25) were all ranked in last week's debut of the Division II coaches poll, while Indianapolis and Missouri-St. Louis were unranked but receiving votes.

There are no undefeated women's teams in the West. In the East, Southern Indiana, Indianapolis and Bellarmine remain undefeated.

In the women's Division II coaches poll, Indianpolis claimed the No. 8 spot, Wisconsin-Parkside was No. 16 and Drury came in at No. 25. Lewis received votes but was unranked.

Around the league: Drury senior guard Brandon Lockhart was named the GLVC men's basketball Player of the Week on Monday. He averaged 13.5 points, 9.5 assists, four rebounds and four steals per game in a pair of Drury wins last week. Lockhart made 64 percent of his field-goal attempts in those contests. This marks the second time in Lockhart's career that he's received the GLVC's weekly award. … Bellarmine senior guard Betsy Goodin was named the GLVC women's basketball Player of the Week. In a pair of Bellarmine wins last weekend, Goodin averaged 15.5 points, seven rebounds, three assists and 2.5 steals per game. She made 54.5 percent of her field-goal attempts. Goodin grabbed an offensive rebound and scored a putback to give the Knights a 76-75 win Saturday against Lake Superior State (Mich.).


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