By BLAKE TOPPMEYER
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
Whether they win or lose Thursday night's game against Kentucky Wesleyan at Pepsi Arena, the players and coaches on the Quincy University men's basketball team will gather at center court shortly after the game ends to sing the school's alma mater.
It's a tradition QU coach Marty Bell started this year, and the Hawks have sung the alma mater after every home game.
"I started that because I wanted our guys to understand you can't come into an organization and always look at, what can I get I get from the organization? It's got to be a mentality of, what can I give to the organization?" Bell said. "We need to show respect for the institution that gives us the opportunity to play and coach the game we love.
"No matter what the result, that never changes the fact that we have to show appreciation for what we got to do. That's why we do it."
Bell said he got the idea to start singing the alma mater after QU games after seeing several Division I football programs sing their alma mater after games.
Although the Hawks might not be quite as upbeat singing after a loss, Bell said "there's no better time to sing it than after a loss" and added it builds character in his players.
"Every kid on our team knows the alma mater by heart," Bell said. "It's just important that we show pride in the school that's given us our opportunity. It's nothing more than that.
"Results of the game have no bearing on why we do that."
Lady Hawks benefit from team rebounding: The QU women have a 426-326 rebounding advantage over their opponents this season, and a lot of that credit goes to junior guards Lucy Cramsey and Felisha Loggins.
Cramsey, who is 5-foot-8, leads the team at 8.5 rebounds per game. She ranks fifth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in rebounding and leads all guards in the conference. The 5-8 Loggins ranks second on QU at 7.2 rebounds per game.
"One luxury we have is we have two great rebounding guards who really help out in there," QU coach Jeni Garber said. "There are not too many guards who can rebound the ball like them."
Cramsey, though, said many of the rebounds she and Loggins get are a result of sophomore forward Kelly Buresh.
"She boxes out, and that gets Felisha and myself, the guards, in there to rebound," Cramsey said. "(Buresh) is boxing out everybody, and that's what allows it. If they had an assist for a rebound, she would get it."
Roth gets Hall call, too: When Liberty product Justin Brock gets inducted to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in April, he'll have company from another former Hawk.
Jordan Roth will be inducted for his high school contributions at Pleasant Plains, which won a Class A state title Roth's sophomore year and again his senior year. Roth, a 2006 QU graduate, went on to score 1,241 points for the Hawks. That total just edges Brock's QU total of 1,200 points. Brock wrapped up his QU career last season.
Beasts in the East: Last week featured 16 GLVC games, all of which were interdivisional games between pitting a team from the West Division against an East Division team. East teams went 13-3 on the men's side in those games.
That leaves every West team with at least one conference loss. Meanwhile, five teams in the East are undefeated — Bellarmine, Indianapolis, Kentucky Wesleyan, Southern Indiana and Wisconsin-Parkside.
Ranked Panthers fall: The most notable men's result from last week was UWP's 90-88 overtime win over Drury, ranked No. 14 in Division II, in Springfield, Mo. The Rangers prevailed after Conrad Krutwig drained a 3-pointer with seven seconds left in the extra period. UWP led by as many as 20 points in regulation but needed to close on a 7-0 run to force overtime.
"That's a tough one (to lose)," Drury coach Steve Hesser said in a postgame release on Drury's website. "As I told them in the locker room afterward, you don't get do-overs. You're playing at home and you don't get ready to play, obviously that falls back on my shoulders. … We weren't ready to play when we came out to start the game."
Drury played without sophomore forward Cameron Adams, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game. Adams suffered a torn calf muscle in Drury's 84-59 win over Lewis on Thursday and is expected to miss at least three weeks, according to the Springfield News-Leader.
Around the league: Wisconsin-Parkside senior forward Jeremy Saffold was named the GLVC men's basketball Player of the Week on Monday. Saffold averaged 23.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in UWP's two conference wins last week. He made 17 of 31 field-goal attempts (54.8 percent). It's the first time a UWP player has earned the honor since LaVontax Fenderson claimed it on Dec. 15, 2008. Southern Indiana sophomore forward Anna Hackert was named the GLVC women's basketball Player of the Week. She averaged 13.6 points and nine rebounds per game and made 56 percent of her field-goal attempts in the Screaming Eagles' two conference wins last week.