Men's College Basketball

Knights overwhelm Hawks with early flurry

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Jan. 11, 2019 1:10 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Make it 64 and counting.

The Quincy University men's basketball team put up little resistance to change that.

Bellarmine, the undefeated and unanimous No. 1 team in NCAA Division II, took control of Thursday night's Great Lakes Valley Conference game with a 14-0 run that led to a 17-3 advantage after just five minutes. The outcome was never really in doubt thereafter as the Knights posted a 99-58 victory at Knights Hall.

It was Bellarmine's 64th consecutive home victory.

"They got whatever they wanted," QU coach Ryan Hellenthal said. "We did nothing to stop it."

It was the Hawks' worst loss since a 113-63 setback at Kentucky Wesleyan on Feb. 2, 2002.

"We got outplayed, outcoached, outeverythinged," Hellenthal said.

It didn't take long.

The teams traded 3-pointers on the first two possessions of the game with the Hawks' Tanner Stuckman answering a trey by the Knights' Ben Weyer. However, the Hawks proceeded to go 10 consecutive possessions without scoring, a stretch that ended with Marcus Hinton's layup wiith 14 minutes to go in the half.

The Hawks (7-8 1-4 GLVC) went 0 of 5 from the field and 0 of 3 from 3-point range with five turnovers during their drought.

Over the same stretch, the Knights went 6 of 9 from the field with 10 points in the paint, two second-chance points and just one turnover.

Bellarmine (13-0, 4-0 GLVC) led 52-23 at halftime after shooting 67.7 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from 3-point range. The Knights had 17 assists on 21 field goals, while the Hawks had three assists on seven field goals with 14 turnovers.

"(Bellarmine coach Scott Davenport) told me it was the best half they've played in the last three years," Hellenthal said.

The second half was pretty darn close despite the starters playing six minutes or less.

The Knights shot 55.3 percent from the field and scored 47 points in the second half. Overall, they finished with 28 assists and just eight turnovers.

Senior forward Adam Eberhard, an All-American candidate, led the Knights with 19 points, going 8 of 9 from the field, and four others scored in double figures. Hinton and Demtrius Houston led the Hawks with 11 points apiece, but they were a combined 6 of 18 from the field.

"We just have to find a way to stay together," said Hellenthal, whose team will finish a brutal four-game road trip Saturday at Southern Indiana. "Just have to find a way."

Bellarmine 99, Quincy 58

QUINCY (7-8, 1-4 GLVC)

Houston 4-11 2-4 11, Hinton 2-7 6-6 11, Womack 4-11 2-2 10, Stuckman 2-5 0-0 6, DeVries 2-5 0-0 4, Alexander 1-5 4-5 6, Fadika 1-1 2-2 4, Zurcher 1-3 0-0 3, Dosier 1-4 0-0 3, Camilo 0-1 0-0 0, Meny 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-53 16-19 58.

BELLARMINE (13-0, 4-0 GLVC)

Eberhard 8-9 3-4 19, Weyer 5-7 1-3 14, Corbett 6-9 0-0 13, Ramser 2-3 1-1 5, Jenkins 2-3 0-0 4, Penn 6-9 1-2 13, Cook 4-6 1-2 10, Claycomb 3-5 1-2 7, Palombizio 3-6 0-0 6, Chitty 1-3 0-0 3, Hunter 1-4 0-0 3, Penny 1-2 0-0 2, Fleming 0-1 0-0 0, Betz 0-2 0-0 0, Schurfranz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-69 8-14 99.

Halftime--Bellarmine 52, Quincy 23. 3-point field goals--Quincy 6-24 (Stuckman 2-4, Hinton 1-5, Houston 1-3, Dosier 1-3, Zurcher 1-2, Womack 0-4, Alexander 0-2, DeVries 0-1), Bellarmine 7-22 (Weyer 3-5, Hunter 1-3, Corbett 1-2, Cook 1-2, Chitty 1-2, Claycomb 0-2, Betz 0-2, Ramser 0-1, Jenkins 0-1, Penn 0-1, Palombizio 0-1). Rebounds--Quincy 31 (Hinton 7), Bellarmine 36 (Corbett 13). Assists--Quincy 7 (DeVries 3), Bellarmine 28 (Chitty 5). Steals--Quincy 3 (Hinton 2), Bellarmine 12 (Jenkins, Penn 3). Blocked shots--Bellarmine 3 (Weyer, Ramser, Penny). Turnovers--Quincy 22, Bellarmine 8. Fouls--Quincy 15, Bellarmine 18. Fouled out--None. Officials--Ford Branch Jr., Scott Johnson, Mike Grundman.