William Jewell (8-8, 4-4) at Quincy men (7-9, 2-6)
3:15 p.m. Saturday, Pepsi Arena
ESPN 1440 AM
Scouting the Cardinals: WJC lost 87-84 to Illinois-Springfield in triple overtime Thursday after the Cardinals had rallied to overcome a deficit that stood at 12 points early in the second half.
Dillon Deck, a 6-foot-9 sophomore center, leads the Cardinals in scoring (14.3 points per game) and rebounds (8.3 per game). John Taylor, a 6-5 junior forward, is chipping in 11.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. WJC has been pretty good defensively, ranking seventh in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in field-goal percentage defense (41.5 percent) and third in 3-point percentage defense (30.7 percent). WJC is 2-4 on the road this season.
Bench spark: Freshman guard Nate Des Jardins and sophomore forward Austin Weber played 13 and 10 minutes, respectively, in the second half of QU's 72-70 loss Thursday to Rockhurst despite neither playing a single minute in the first half. QU trailed 50-42 when Des Jardins entered with 13 minutes, 22 seconds remaining. He never exited the game after that and finished with two assists and a rebound. Weber entered with 11:49 remaining with QU trailing 50-44. Weber made a 3-pointer and had an assist and a rebound during his time.
"They brought a lot of energy," QU senior guard Ryan Stuckman said after the game. "There's not enough you can say about Nate tonight. He did a heck of a job."
Des Jardins had played just 15 minutes total through 13 games. In the last three games, he's totaled 44 minutes.
The series: Quincy leads the all-time series 4-3.
-- Blake Toppmeyer