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College basketball preview: Quincy men at Rockhurst

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Quincy men (6-12, 1-7)

at Rockhurst (5-10, 1-7)

3:15 p.m. Saturday at the Mason-Halpin Field House

Kansas City, Mo.

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Scouting Rockhurst: Having lost three in a row and six of its last seven, Rockhurst is looking to stay competitive. Those six losses have been by an average of 22.2 points, which includes a 104-69 loss to Drury. The lone victory during the span was a 95-84 victory over Saint Joseph's.

Brandon McCann is Rockhurst's leading scorer. The 6-foot-1 senior guard from Bowling Green, Mo., averages 17.1 points per game, shoots 40.8 percent from 3-point range and leads the team with 2.8 assists per game. Russell Burns, a 6-5 senior forward, averages 10.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Scouting Quincy: The loss of redshirt freshman forward Scottie Bruxvoort, who is taking a leave of absence from the team for personal reasons, could have a major impact on Quincy's ability to score, especially inside. Bruxvoort was averaging 10.5 points per game, but he posed a matchup problem because of his strength and ability to jump. Not many guards or small forwards could match his skill set.

Without him, sophomore forward Dalton Hoover and redshirt freshman forward Evan McGaughey will need to continue to blossom. McGaughey has shown he can be a beast on the boards, pulling down 12 in Thursday's loss at William Jewell. Hoover is a physical presence who has to avoid foul trouble.

Quincy is looking to end a four-game losing streak before taking on defending national champion Drury at Pepsi Arena on Thursday.

The series: Quincy leads 37-31.

-- Matt Schuckman

 

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