College basketball preview: QU men at Drury

Posted: Jan. 19, 2013 2:09 am Updated: Feb. 9, 2013 3:15 am

Quincy men (7-7, 2-4) at Drury (10-4, 4-2)
3:15 p.m. Saturday, O'Reilly Family Event Center, Springfield, Mo.
ESPN 1440 AM
Twitter: @btoppmeyer

Scouting the Panthers: Drury's Alex Hall was 6 of 11 from 3-point range and scored 22 points to lead the Panthers past Illinois-Springfield 90-70 on Thursday.

Hall, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, leads Drury in scoring at 17 points per game. He's shooting 43 percent from 3-point range. Brandon Lockhart, a 6-1 senior guard, is supplying 11.2 points per game and leads the Great Lakes Valley Conference in assists (6.4 per game) and steals (3.6 per game). The Panthers are second in the league in 3-point percentage (40.4 percent) and lead the league in assists per game (19.8) and steals per game (10.9).

Big man sidelined: Freshman Jens Kennedy, QU's starting center, will be sidelined again Saturday after tweaking his knee in practice this week. Kennedy sat out the Hawks' 62-57 win over Missouri S&T on Thursday. Kennedy is averaging 6.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Traditional starters Grant Meyer (flu) and Ryan Stuckman (sore knee) did not start Thursday. Meyer played 26 minutes, and Stuckman played 12. Freshman Nate Des Jardins made his first career start in place of Meyer. He played a career-high 13 minutes and had two assists and one point.

The series: Drury leads the all-time series 23-16.

-- Blake Toppmeyer


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