Men's College Basketball

Hawks force OT but still can't find first GLVC victory

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 13, 2018 7:55 pm

QUINCY -- The Quincy University men's basketball players must accept a harsh reality.

Energy, spirit and pride, as good as those things were Saturday, aren't enough to win.

Execution and shot making still supercede all else.

Illinois-Springfield simply was better in those two facets.

The Hawks chiseled away at a 14-point deficit throughout the second half, taking their first lead with 2 minutes, 10 seconds to play and going up 82-80 on Ryan Briscoe's driving layup with 10 seconds left in regulation.

The Prairie Stars answered by getting two free throws to force overtime and scoring on five of eight possessions in the extra period to pull out a 94-89 victory in Great Lakes Valley Conference play at Pepsi Arena.

"I love the effort, but we've got to be able to make plays in crunch time to get us over the hump," QU coach Ryan Hellenthal said. "We talked all week about making plays when it counts and sharing the basketball. I thought we did that for the most part.

"We just didn't finish."

That's as frustrating as last week's 40-point drubbing at home by Maryville.

"It hurts, because you know you're right there," said Briscoe, who finished with 12 points and seven assists. "Just a few possessions here or there different, and it could have gone our way."

The emotional swings because of those plays were dramatic late in the game.

Quincy (4-11, 0-6 GLVC) trailed 63-49 with 13 minutes to play, its largest deficit of the game, before Marsalis Johnson got involved.

The 6-foot-8 forward, who missed most of the week of practice because of an illness, scored 11 straight points and made two free throws with 5:32 to play to get Quincy within 75-73.

"It was teetering on us pulling away several times, but (the Hawks) hung in there," said Prairie Stars coach Bill Walker, whose team shot 54.2 percent from the field and 52.4 percent from 3-point range.

Johnson's impact was felt at the defensive end, too.

With the game tied at 80 after Briscoe's basket, the Prairie Stars (12-4, 4-2 GLVC) got the ball to Lijah Donnelly in the right corner. He looked to have an uncontested drive along the baseline, but Johnson blocked Donnelly's shot.

Illinois-Springfield's Gilwan Nelson got the rebound, but he missed two free throws with 1:14 remaining. Both teams missed shots on their ensuing possessions, giving the Hawks the ball withe 32.7 seconds left.

Briscoe beat Illinois-Springfield's Logan Gonce off the dribble and scored through contact with 11 seconds remaining for an 82-80 lead.

"I've talked all year about finishing plays at the rim and being able to finish through some contact," Hellenthal said. "You know they're not going to call the foul there. You have to go through somebody."

Gonce was fouled on the ensuing possession and made two free throws with 4.9 seconds left to tie the game.

It left Quincy with one final chance. Demetrius Houston charged up the right sideline, attacked the rim and shot a one-handed runner before the buzzer.

The shot missed long, but the Hawks felt they had the momentum.

"We had good spirits going into overtime," Briscoe said. "There were just a few possessions that hurt us."

The Hawks were empty on their first two possessions of the extra period, but Marcus Hinton broke through with a hard driving layup into contact. He was fouled on the play but missed the free throw.

Quincy didn't contest the rebound, but three Prairie Stars fumbled the ball out of bounds.

"That's when you go, ‘Maybe it's not our night,'" Walker said.

The Hawks missed their next three field goal attempts, allowing the Prairie Stars to take the lead for good on Gonce's three-point play with 2:13 remaining.

Quincy missed seven of 10 from the field in overtime and missed three free throws.

"We've been close all year and can't get over the hump," Hellenthal said.

Illinois-Springfield 94, Quincy 89

ILLINOIS-SPRINGFIELD (12-4, 4-2 GLVC)

Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts

Longmeyer 7-13 6-8 11 1 22

Donnelly 4-9 0-0 5 0 11

Nelson 9-13 4-8 3 5 27

Gonce 3-4 4-5 4 3 10

Steinberg 5-8 1-2 10 4 11

Williams 2-3 0-0 0 2 4

Walker 1-6 4-4 1 3 7

Ngwe 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

Stallworth 1-3 0-0 0 3 2

Van Sant 0-0 0-0 1 1 0

Totals 32-59 19-27 36 22 94

QUINCY (4-11, 0-6)

Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts

Briscoe 4-14 3-6 4 3 12

Frasco 4-10 3-5 4 3 13

Houston 8-21 1-1 4 5 19

Stuckman 6-8 0-0 2 2 12

Hinton 6-9 0-1 3 5 12

Dosier 1-3 0-0 1 0 3

Alexander 1-2 3-4 4 4 5

Johnson 3-6 6-7 4 4 13

Totals 33-73 16-24 27 26 89

Halftime--Illinois-Springfield 48, Quincy 36. End of regulation--Tied at 82. 3-point field goals--Illinois-Springfield 11-21 (Nelson 5-7, Donnelly 3-4, Longmeyer 2-2, Walker 1-5, Steinberg 0-1, Williams 0-1, Stallworth 0-1), Quincy 7-20 (Frasco 2-6, Houston 2-5, Briscoe 1-5, Dosier 1-2, Johnson 1-1, Hinton 0-1). Assists--Illinois-Springfield 15 (Donnelly 5), Quincy 14 (Briscoe 7). Steals--Illinois-Springfield 2 (Donnelly, Steinberg), Quincy 3 (Briscoe, Houston, Alexander). Blocked shots--Illinois-Springfield 4 (Steinberg 2), Quincy 4 (Johnson 2). Turnovers--Illinois-Springfield 9, Quincy 4. Officials--Nathan Chitwood, Ryan Odneal, Chad Green.

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