Men's College Basketball

Greyhounds run away as Hawks run out of gas

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Feb. 14, 2020 1:00 am

INDIANAPOLIS -- The difference in the end could be seen on the sidelines.

The Quincy University men's basketball team had multiple empty seats on its bench. Indianapolis had none.

The Greyhounds' depth and ability to withstand foul trouble proved critical as they outscored the Hawks 42-24 over the game's final 14 minutes to earn a 77-60 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory Thursday night at Nicoson Hall.

"We just don't have anything left in the tank when it comes down to it," QU coach Ryan Hellenthal said.

It's a lack of bodies, not a lack of effort.

The Hawks (12-11, 6-9 GLVC) are dressing only nine players after a myriad of injuries and a player failing to stay academically eligible after the first semester left them shorthanded. Of those nine, one is a redshirt freshman, two are true freshmen and one is a former junior varsity player who earned a varsity jersey this season.

The difference in depth showed as the Greyhounds (18-5, 10-5 GLVC) outscored the Hawks 37-7 in bench points. Marcus Latham scored 15 points and Kendrick Tchoua had 14 points in reserve roles.

"Those guys give us intensity on the defensive end as well," Indianapolis coach Stan Gouard told the GLVC Network.

They also helped answer every time Quincy got rolling.

Trailing 31-23, the Hawks opened the second half on a 13-4 run capped by Tanner Stuckman's 3-pointer with 14:18 remaining. Just 14 seconds later, Latham buried a 3-pointer from the left wing to retake the lead for good.

"Every time we made a decent run, we had a breakdown defensively or they made a big-time shot," Hellenthal said.

Indianapolis guard Jimmy King made several of those. He scored 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field, dished out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds.

"His size and his vision helps guys out," Gouard said. "He can pick a defense apart with his mindset."

Stuckman tried to do the same for the Hawks. The junior forward scored 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting and went 6 of 6 from the line, but Charles Callier was the only other QU player in double figures with 10 points. The Greyhounds had four players in double figures, including junior guard Cory Miller Jr. as the former John Wood Community College All-American and Unity all-stater finished with 10 points and four assists.

"I love our guys and they are giving me everything they have," Hellenthal said. "Indianapolis has more bodies than we do."

Indianapolis 77, Quincy 60

QUINCY (12-11, 6-9 GLVC)

Stuckman 8-14 3-7 25, Callier 3-12 1-2 10, Fadika 2-8 3-4 7, Kovacevic 2-9 2-3 7, Briscoe 2-4 0-0 4, Warren 1-1 2-2 4, Moore 1-3 0-0 3, Champagne 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-52 14-17 60

INDIANAPOLIS (18-5, 10-5 GLVC)

King 9-14 0-0 20, Miller Jr. 4-7 1-1 10, Lakes 3-9 0-0 8, Polakovich 1-2 0-0 2, Mavunga 0-8 0-0 0, Latham 5-11 3-4 15, Tchoua 6-8 2-7 14, Sims 2-2 0-0 4, Banks 1-1 0-0 2, Nicoson 1-1 0-0 2, Bryan 0-0 0-0 0, Davidson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-64 6-12 77

Halftime--Indianapolis 31, Quincy 23. 3-point field goals--Quincy 19-52 (Stuckman 3-7, Callier 3-8, Kovacevic 1-4, Briscoe 0-1, Moore 1-2, Champagne 0-1, Indianapolis 7-24 (King 2-5, Miller Jr. 1-2, Lakes 2-8, Mavunga 0-6, Latham 2-3). Rebounds--Quincy 31 (Callier, Fadika, Kovacevic 6), Indianapolis 38 (Tchoua 6). Assists--Quincy 13 (Kovacevic 6), Indianapolis 19 (King 8). Steals--Quincy 4 (Callier 3), Indianapolis 4 (Tchoua 2). Turnovers--Quincy 15, Indianapolis 10. Blocks--Quincy 0, Indianapolis 3 (Bryan, Tchoua, Latham). Fouls--Quincy 16, Indianapolis 20. Fouled out--none.