Drury rains disappointment on QU's defense

Posted: Jan. 20, 2013 1:24 am Updated: Feb. 10, 2013 2:15 am

Herald-Whig Sports Writer

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Drury student attaching 3-point signs to the wall to count the Panthers' treys received quite a workout Saturday.

The Panthers shot 53.6 percent from 3-point range to down the Quincy University men's basketball team 88-67 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at the O'Reilly Family Event Center.

"Our gameplan was to get into them because they're (good) shooters and see what they do off the dribble," QU senior forward Tyler Thompson said.

"And we didn't execute that gameplan."

With each Drury 3-pointer, another placard with the number "3" on it would go up on the wall behind one of the baskets. By the end of the game, 15 "3s" hung on the wall, tying Drury's season high for 3-pointers.

The Panthers (11-4, 5-2 GLVC) came into the game shooting 40.4 percent from 3-point range, good for second in the league. They also led the league in assists per game and had 26 assists on 29 field goals Saturday.

"Our key on offense is moving the ball and keep swinging the ball back and forth," said Drury senior guard Alex Hall, who was 5 of 8 from 3-point range and scored 17 points to lead a pack of five Panthers who had at least 10 points.

Drury's dominance overshadowed Thompson's career-high 25 points.

"We were doing a lot of standing as an offense, and I just tried to get something going by moving -- whether it's with the ball or without the ball," Thompson said.

Jens Kennedy added 10 points for Quincy (7-8, 2-5) off the bench. QU coach Marty Bell wasn't expecting to have Kennedy available Saturday after he tweaked his knee in practice this week and sat out Thursday's game against Missouri S&T, but Kennedy received clearance to play shortly before the start of the game.

Thompson was 8 of 15 from the field and tied Jordan Wilson for the team high with five rebounds.

"He had a great offensive day," Hall said of Thompson. "He's as strong as an ox. When he gets down low, you don't stand a chance. He's going to use his body against you. So that's hard to guard, and he can step out and hit threes. He's an offensive threat."

Thompson's two free throws tied the game at 17, and Geoffrey Hartlieb's jumper gave QU a 19-17 lead with 9 minutes, 16 seconds remaining before halftime.

Drury responded with a 10-0 run, which included two 3-pointers, and never trailed again.

"Our level of toughness (was disappointing)," Bell said. "We just got beat to too many balls. All the 50-50 balls they got. We have to learn from this and get better.

"We just have to stick together and keep working. This team still has yet to hit its peak and really play its best basketball. I know that's ahead of us, and I firmly believe that will happen."



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