By BLAKE TOPPMEYER
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
Another Great Lakes Valley Conference opponent turned Pepsi Arena into its own little playpen.
Maryville made seven 3-pointers in the game's first 10 minutes and beat the Quincy University men's basketball team 70-61 on Saturday.
The Saints led 24-11 midway through the first half, took a 37-26 lead into halftime and never let their lead dip below eight points in the second half.
QU, which dropped to 8-11 overall and 3-8 in the GLVC, is 1-4 in its last five GLVC games at Pepsi Arena.
"We have to stop teams from coming in our gym and scoring all these points. We have to stop all that," QU junior guard Chris Babbitt said. "It makes it a lot worse (when it's on your court). It's puts a lot of stress on us. We have just have to put an end to it. We've got to put an end to it. It comes down to heart now."
The Saints (18-5, 8-3) cooled off from 3-point distance after their blistering start, but they still finished 10 of 22 (45.5 percent) from beyond the arc. QU's opponents are shooting 37.9 percent from 3-point range in the Hawks' last five home games.
Maryville's Asa Toney and Gerald Shaw each hit three 3-pointers as part of the opening flurry. Toney and Shaw have attempted more than 100 3-pointers apiece this season, but were nonetheless left with space to shoot time after time.
"We had a lot of defensive breakdowns," Babbitt said of the opening 10 minutes. "There wasn't enough ball pressure on the ball a few times, which allowed them to raise up and shoot. It was pretty much a lack of discipline."
The Saints generally don't win in a flashy manner, and that was the case Saturday. They let Quincy hang around, but the result was never truly in doubt after Maryville used a 24-7 run to take a 13-point lead after the Hawks' Tyler Thompson and Babbitt had scored the game's first two baskets.
Babbitt led QU in scoring with 13 points, as he reached double figures for the 14th time in the last 15 games.
Thompson supplied 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds, and QU guard Ryan Stuckman added 11 points and a team-high four assists.
Maryville won for the seventh time in its last eight games. In each of those wins, the Saints held their opponent to fewer than 70 points.
"That's a style (Maryville coach Kevin Carroll has) incorporated," QU coach Marty Bell said. "They've developed two years in that system, and now they're pretty good."
The Saints won just 10 GLVC games total in their first three seasons after joining the conference in 2009-10 from the Division III ranks. Now they have a fairly veteran team that's one game behind Drury for first place in the GLVC West.
Toney and Shaw scored 15 points apiece to lead all players, and Trae Pemberton added 12 points off the bench for Maryville, which improved to 17-0 this season in games in which it has at least three players reach double figures scoring.
"Our offense is kind of an equal opportunity type offense," Carroll said. "If you're going to take away one guy, we're going to free up something else."
The Saints were allowed to play way too free and easy for Bell's tastes.
"What a difference a week makes. For whatever reason, last Saturday (in QU's 83-60 win over William Jewell), we were inspired," Bell said. "Today we looked flat."