College game preview: Kentucky Wesleyan at QU men

Posted: Jan. 9, 2013 3:04 am Updated: Jan. 30, 2013 7:15 am

Kentucky Wesleyan (10-0, 2-0) at Quincy men (6-5, 1-2)
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Pepsi Arena
ESPN 1440 AM
Twitter: @btoppmeyer

Scouting the Panthers: Kentucky Wesleyan, ranked sixth nationally, remained undefeated by beating Missouri-St. Louis 72-71 on Saturday behind 21 points and 11 rebounds from Dazmond Starke. A 6-foot-7 senior center, Starke leads KWC at 14.3 points and nine rebounds per game. Five other players average at least nine points per game. Lucas Barker, a 6-0 freshman guard, is averaging 12.8 points per game and shooting 48.4 percent from 3-point range.

The Panthers opened the season with 10 straight home games. KWC has won eight Division II national titles, the most recent in 2001.

Double figures for Babbitt: QU junior guard Chris Babbitt has settled into a scoring groove. He made 7 of 13 field-goal attempts and scored 16 points in the Hawks' 67-59 loss at McKendree last Saturday. That extended Babbitt's streak of double-figure scoring games to seven straight. He's shooting 44.3 percent from the field during that stretch, including 50 percent on two-point attempts.

The series: KWC leads the all-time series 24-10.

-- Blake Toppmeyer


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