Men's College Basketball

College notebook: Former QU coach reaches career milestone

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Western Michigan head coach Steve Hawkins calls to his team from the bench in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Seattle. Washington beat Western Michigan 92-86. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 10, 2018 12:35 am

Steve Hawkins helped usher the Quincy University men's basketball team into the NCAA Division II era, leaving after nine seasons at the helm.

He's kept on winning ever since.

Now in his 15th season as the head coach at Western Michigan, Hawkins reached a coaching milestone with his 400th career victory last week when the Broncos defeated Miami (Ohio) 67-62 at Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio. Hawkins has a career record of 400-320 in 24 seasons as a college coach.

He served as QU's head coach from 1991-2000, compiling a 137-111 record. He led the Hawks to three NCAA Tournament appearances and five winning seasons. His 1994-95 team went 23-7 and reached the Great Lakes Region semifinals, losing to Northern Kentucky.

Hawkins also served as an assistant coach at Quincy for the 1987-88 and 1990-91 seasons.

Hawkins left after the 1999-2000 season to become as an assistant coach at Western Michigan and succeeded Robert McCullum as the Broncos head coach in 2003. Since then, he's compiled a 263-209 record at Western Michigan with eight MAC West Division titles, two MAC Tournament championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

The Broncos are 10-5 this season with a 2-0 mark in the MAC, looking to repeat as MAC West champions.

C-SC's Smith earns Heart honor

Cullen Smith, a 6-foot-7 junior forward on the Culver-Stockton College men's basketball team, was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Player of the Week after recording back-to-back double-doubles.

Smith, who is from Lansing, Mich., scored a career-high 38 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Wildcats ended a 30-game conference losing streak with a 112-101 victory over MidAmerica Nazarene last Saturday. Earlier in the week, he had 15 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in a 96-79 loss to Clarke College.

Overall, Smith is averaging 10.6 points and a team-leading 7.6 rebounds per game.

Burry finishes in top 10 in amateur event

Quincy High School graduate Zach Burry, a senior golfer at Illinois State University, finished in the top 10 at the Saguaro Amatuer, played last week at the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz.

Burry tied for ninth at 5-under 211 in the three-round event. He sandwiched a round of 3-under 69 between rounds of 1-under 71.

Burry led Illinois State with a 72.3 stroke average in the fall with three top-five finishes. The Redbirds begin their spring season Jan. 27 with the Tinervin Cup against Illinois at Coral Creek Club in Placida, Fla.

Liem leaves QU?basketball program

Joey Liem, a junior on the Quincy University men's basketball team, is not returning for the second semester.

Liem signed with Quincy out of Cuesta College but has decided to return to his home in Rasmalen, Netherlands. The 6-foot-5 forward played in five of the first 12 games, getting 12 minutes and making 1 of 2 field goals.

Former Gems player earns preseason nod

Southeastern Louisiana third baseman Taylor Schwaner, a former Quincy Gems infielder, has been named to the Perfect Game preseason All-American third team.

Schwaner, a senior, hit .332 with 16 home runs, 72 RBIs and 17 stolen bases last spring for the Lions. Schwaner played for the Gems during the 2015 season, hitting .276 with one home run, 24 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.