College basketball preview: UMSL at QU men

Posted: Feb. 19, 2013 11:59 pm Updated: Mar. 13, 2013 12:15 am

Missouri-St. Louis (15-8, 8-7) at Quincy men (11-12, 6-9)

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Pepsi Arena

ESPN 1440 AM

Twitter: @btoppmeyer

Scouting the Tritons: UMSL, which beat Quincy 69-55 on Jan. 31, is coming off a 95-55 home victory Saturday over Rockhurst in which Darian Cartharn netted a career-high 28 points.

Joshua McCoy, a 6-foot-5 senior guard, leads UMSL at 14.9 points and three assists per game, and he adds 3.9 rebounds per game. Cartharn, a 6-0 junior guard, is averaging 14.4 points per game. UMSL took a hit when 6-7 senior forward Charlie Woods left the team for personal reasons earlier this month. Woods' last game was the January contest against Quincy. He was leading the team at 5.6 rebounds per game and supplying 9.3 points per game.

The Tritons lead all of NCAA Division II in free-throw percentage at 80.6 percent. Their scoring average of 78 points per game ranks third in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, and they average just 11.7 turnovers per game, second fewest in the league.

Finding balance: The Hawks had four players reach double figures scoring in Saturday's 71-66 win over Missouri S&T, led by freshman center Dalton Hoover with a career-high 21 points. Quincy improved to 6-0 this season when it puts at least four players in double figures. Twice, five Hawks have scored at least 10 points. Saturday marked the first time four Hawks reached double figures since QU beat S&T 62-57 on Jan. 17 in Rolla, Mo.

The series: Quincy leads the all-time series 35-22.

-- Blake Toppmeyer

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