By BLAKE TOPPMEYER
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
Quincy University senior guard Ryan Stuckman continues to recover from soreness in his left knee, and Hawks coach Marty Bell said during Monday's "Marty Bell Show" on ESPN 1440 that Stuckman is questionable for Thursday's game at Missouri S&T.
Stuckman had started the first 11 games for QU but tweaked his knee in practice on Jan. 7 and sat out during the Hawks' two losses last week. He's averaging 8.3 points and a team-best 1.6 steals per game. Sophomore Jordan Wilson took Stuckman's spot in the starting lineup last week.
Stuckman experienced some left knee trouble last season that caused him to miss two games in February.
Bell said Stuckman participated in Monday's practice.
"He was out there today and did do some non-contact things," Bell told ESPN 1440 on Monday night. "But he still looks fairly gimpy. That could just be stiffness and him just trying to get back into the flow. We're just taking it day to day, and we'll see what happens.
Shorthanded UIS earns upset win: The Illinois-Springfield men's basketball team is playing a little shorthanded right now. That didn't matter Thursday, as the Prairie Stars used 10-of-17 3-point shooting to win 73-71 over Southern Indiana, then ranked No. 10 in Division II.
UIS's Kyle Gupton scored a game-high 26 points and was 6 of 9 from 3-point range. He made 3-pointers on back to back possessions, the second of which tied the game at 69 with 1 minute, 37 seconds remaining. Dusko Despot's triple with 16 seconds to play gave UIS a lead it never relinquished.
"Mentally we came out focused and prepared tonight," Gupton told the Springfield State Journal-Register. "We came out completely confident, and it showed."
The State Journal-Register reported before Thursday's game that Dylan Mosack, Jamal Millison and Kevin Pettiford -- a trio that's played significant minutes this season and was supplying an average of 17.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, combined -- are "out indefinitely" for undisclosed reasons. Those three players haven't played in a game since Dec. 13.
Tough week for Bellarmine: Scott Davenport's halftime speech Saturday proved prophetic -- not that he wanted that.
Davenport watched as his Bellarmine men lost 87-82 at Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday and then fell 69-64 at Maryville on Saturday. Bellarmine (10-2), which was ranked No. 4 in Division II last week, led Maryville 40-28 at halftime before the Saints made 8 of 14 3-point attempts in the second half. For the game, Maryville was 11 of 25 from beyond the arc.
"Our kids tried hard," Bellarmine coach Scott Davenport said in a postgame release on Bellarmine's website. "I told them at halftime the only way (Maryville) could get back in this game is if they rebound the ball and if they shoot threes. We gave up eight threes in the second half. You can't overcome that."
Chris Dowe, a senior starter at guard for Bellarmine who averages 14.1 points per game, played just three minutes against Maryville, exiting with an injury.
Duethman puts name atop leaderboard: The Maryville women's basketball program has a new all-time leader in scoring.
Saints senior forward Abby Duethman made a short jumper with 2:36 remaining in Maryville's 83-64 win over Bellarmine on Saturday. That gave Duethman 1,330 career points and pushed her past Heather Toma's total of 1,329 and into the No. 1 spot. Toma played for Maryville from 1987-91.
Duethman, who had 20 points and eight rebounds in the game, made another basket about 30 seconds after her record-breaker and now sits at 1,332 points. Duethman is third in the GLVC in scoring (16.7 points per game) and leads the league in rebounding (9.6 per game).
Interdivisional play ends: The GLVC's interdivisional play completed Saturday. On the men's side, the East went 22-10 vs. the West. On the women's side, each division won 16 games.
Men's award goes to Saint: Maryville sophomore guard Armon Provo was named the GLVC Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday. Provo hit clutch a clutch 3-pointer late in the second half to help Maryville seal a 72-69 win over McKendree on Thursday and made another to seal Maryville's 69-64 win over No. 4 Bellarmine. For the week, Provo averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game, and he made 56.5 percent of his field-goal attempts. He committed no turnovers.