Men's College Basketball

Inconsistent play continues to plague Hawks

Tanner Stuckman
By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Feb. 9, 2019 10:30 pm

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. -- The poor perimeter shooting and lackluster defensive effort that has plagued the Quincy University men's basketball team the second half of the season also has robbed the Hawks of any competitive edge.

It's become difficult to see them regaining it.

The Hawks made just 1 of 15 3-pointers, forced Truman State to commit only eight turnovers and suffered an 85-57 loss Saturday in Great Lakes Valley Conference play at Pershing Arena.

"I'm running out of answers," QU coach Ryan Hellenthal said. "Embarrassed and disappointed. I'm beyond the ‘get 'em next time' speech."

The Hawks (9-14, 3-10 GLVC) finish a five-game road trip next week with games at Rockhurst and William Jewell, and then play the final three at home. They need to win just one of their final five games to reach double digits and improve on last season's victory total, but a shrinking bench will make that a chore.

Quincy played without senior forward Marcus Hinton, the team's second-leading scorer and top rebounder who is suspended indefinitely, and his absence became more prominent when junior forward Aziz Fadika got into foul trouble.

Fadika played just 21 minutes before fouling out with six points and two rebounds.

Even with Fadika on the floor, the Hawks struggled offensively. They missed their first six shots and didn't make a field goal until Fadika scored with 15:08 remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs led 9-2 prior to that.

"We got some good looks, but we just didn't make shots," Hellenthal said.

Quincy ended up shooting 33.3 percent from the field overall and went 0 of 9 from 3-point range in the second half.

Tanner Stuckman continued to his upward trajectory as the 6-foot-9 sophomore forward had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

It comes on the heels of a 10-point, 10-rebound effort in last week's four-point victory at Missouri S&T.

"His last two games have been really positive," Hellenthal said.

"There's not really anything else positive about this loss other than Tanner."

Truman State 85, Quincy 57

QUINCY (9-14, 3-10)

Stuckman 6-16 7-9 19, Houston 3-13 8-9 14, Womack 3-7 0-2 7, Fadika 3-4 0-0 6, Briscoe 1-5 0-0 2, Alexander 1-1 3-4 5, Zurcher 1-3 0-0 2, Meny 1-4 0-2 2, Dosier 0-1 0-0 0, Camilo 0-2 0-0 0, DeVries 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-57 18-26 57.

TRUMAN STATE (12-11, 7-6)

Thomas 6-15 6-6 20, Hughes 6-14 0-0 16, McKnight 5-7 5-8 15, Messer 2-6 2-2 8, Scott 1-5 4-4 7, Strait 4-7 0-0 9, J. Socha 0-0 4-4 4, Rogers 2-4 0-0 4, Schilling 0-0 2-2 2, Pesic 0-4 0-0 0, Zeil 0-1 0-0 0, Hill 0-0 0-0 0, Messer 0-0 0-0 0, C. Socha 0-0 0-0 0, Odofin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-64 23-26 85.

Halftime score -- Truman State 38, Quincy 28. 3-poit field goals -- Quincy 1-15 (Stuckman 0-4, Houston 0-3, Womack 1-3, Briscoe 0-2, Zurcher 0-1, Meny 0-1, Dosier 0-1), Truman State 10-27 (Thomas 2-5, Hughes 4-8, Messer 2-5, Scott 1-3, Strait 1-3, Pesic 0-2, Zeil 0-1). Fouls -- Quincy 20, Truman State 19. Rebounds -- Quincy 39 (Stuckman 12), Truman State 41 (Thomas 9). Assists -- Quincy 6 (Alexander 2), Truman State 17 (Thomas 9). Steals -- Quincy 4 (Womack 2), Truman State 5 (Hughes 2). Turnovers -- Quincy 14, Truman 8. Blocks -- Quincy 5 (Alexander 2), Truman State 3 (Thomas 2). Fouled out -- Fadika. Technical foul -- Truman State team. Officials -- Ken Seifert, Chad Waller, Jake Young. A -- 840.