Men's College Basketball

End of the road: Bellarmine blisters QU in regional semifinals

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 13, 2017 6:15 am

LOUISVILLE -- The end came with 2 minutes, 4 seconds remaining on the clock and a deficit too large to realistically overcome.

That's when Quincy University men's basketball coach Marty Bell pulled his five senior starters from Sunday night's game, allowing them to walk off the floor together, embrace each other and come to grips with the fact their historic season and their lengthy careers were over.

The harsh reality was that the end actually came sooner.

Top-seeded Bellarmine scored on its first seven possessions of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional semifinal to run out to a 15-2 lead, withstood a Quincy rally and pushed the lead to 20 points by halftime. The Hawks couldn't put together another run, losing 93-64 at Knights Hall.

"We kind of came out on our heels," senior forward Evan McGaughey said. "We recovered a little bit. There were spurts where we played well, came back and were building confidence.

"Then they just became Bellarmine again, went on their run and just kind of took over."

In a place where the Hawks have rarely won, that made a comeback impossible.

Quincy has lost 12 straight times to Bellarmine on its home floor, the last victory coming during the 2001-02 season. Since joining the Great Lakes Valley Conference for the 1995-96 season, the Hawks are 3-16 at Knights Hall.

Bellarmine currently has a 43-game home winning streak as well.

"It's always packed. It's always standing room-only, it seems like," said McGaughey, who finished with 19 points and four rebounds. "They're always a great team. They're always going to be at the top of the GLVC. They stick to their principles well. They just do everything right to win.

"Tonight, they were better at that than we were."

The Hawks (25-7) struggled to get engaged defensively at any point.

The Knights (30-3) made six of their first eight shots and led 20-6 before getting stopped on consecutive possessions. Then Bellarmine senior swingman Rusty Troutman hit three 3-pointers in a four-possession span late in the first half, turning an 11-point lead into a 22-point bulge.

Overall, the Knights shot 54.4 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from 3-point range.

"It seemed like we shot 84 percent," Bellarmine coach Scott Davenport said.

That's because they dished out 24 assists and committed just six turnovers.

"That's as efficient as I've seen a team play," QU coach Marty Bell said. "We tried our full-court pressure and we tried our zone, but it didn't matter what we threw at them tonight. They were finding a way to attack it and create success."

Yet, the Hawks had a couple of moments where they created some hope.

Trailing 22-11 with 11:26 to play in the first half, Bell rolled the dice and put McGaughey back in the lineup despite the fact he had two fouls. He responded by scoring nine straight points to help the Hawks pull within 24-20.

A timeout by Bellarmine zapped Quincy of its mojo. The Knights went on a 24-8 run to close the half with Troutman scoring 16 of his 27 points in that stretch.

"We got back to defending and created some offense with our defense," Davenport said.

Down 20 at halftime, the Hawks forced the Knights to turn the ball over on the first two possessions of the second half. McGaughey scored on a layin and then followed with a 3-pointer from the top of the key for a 5-0 run in just 1:17.

Again, Bellarmine called a timeout and Quincy's mojo was gone again.

"We staggered them a little bit," Bell said. "They called a timeout and got right back into rhythm."

Quincy ended up shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from 3-point range, while getting outscored 10-2 in fast-break points and 13-4 in second-chance points.

"They definitely did a great job of getting back on defense and preventing me or anyone else from getting anything in transition," said QU point guard Herm Senor II, who had eight assists, six rebounds and five points. "That's one of the parts of the game we excel at and they took it away from us.

"It was hard to get going when we got those stops, and it was hard to get stops in the first place."

The confidence the Knights had after that game-opening salvo made it even tougher.

"They were definitely a well-engaged, well-oiled machine tonight," Bell said. "They got us out of rhythm early, and we never really recovered from that first blow that we took in the first five, six minutes of the game."

NCAA Division II Midwest Region

Semifinals

Bellarmine 93, Quincy 64

QUINCY (25-7)

Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts

McGaughey 7-12 1-2 4 3 19

Washington III 4-9 1-3 2 3 11

Tagarelli 4-110-0 4 4 8

Senor II 2-8 1-1 6 3 5

Meyer 0-3 0-0 1 2 0

Hinton 5-10 4-6 8 3 14

Frasco 2-2 1-2 2 3 7

Patterson 0-1 0-0 0 0 0

Hoover 0-1 0-0 2 0 0

Meny 0-1 0-0 0 0 0

Dosier 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Team 3

Totals 24-58 8-14 32 21 64

BELLARMINE (30-3)

Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts

Ru. Troutman 9-16 4-4 8 0 27

Eberhard 11-14 3-3 8 1 27

Davis 3-10 2-2 4 0 9

Jenkins 1-4 2-2 0 2 4

Knott 2-3 0-1 1 4 4

Weyer 5-8 0-0 1 3 12

Bach 3-5 0-0 1 1 6

Taylor 2-2 0-0 2 0 4

Coles 0-2 0-0 1 0 0

Cook 0-1 0-0 1 4 0

Ramser 0-1 0-2 0 2 0

Hunter 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Schurfranz 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Rh. Troutman 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

Team 8

Totals 36-66 11-14 36 17 93

Halftime score -- Bellarmine 48, Quincy 28. 3-point field goals -- Quincy 8-22 (McGaughey 4-7, Washington III 2-4, Senor II 0-4, Meyer 0-2, Hinton 0-2, Frasco 2-2, Patterson 0-1), Bellarmine 10-24 (Ru. Troutman 5-8, Eberd 2-3, Davis 1-5, Knott 0-1, Weyer 2-4, Bach 0-2, Ramser 0-1). Assists -- Quincy 14 (Senor II 8), Bellarmine 24 (Jenkins 8). Steals -- Quincy 3 (Tagarelli 2), Bellarmine 9 (Ru. Troutman 2, Eberhard 2, Jenkins 2). Turnovers -- Quincy 16, Bellarmine 6. Officials -- Tyler Kumpf, Kevin Driver, Gene Grimshaw. A -- 2,196.

 

 

 

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