Men's College Basketball

Hawks winless during brutal road trip

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 12, 2019 9:50 pm

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- The gauntlet is over.

"Thank goodness," Quincy University men's basketball coach Ryan Hellenthal said.

The Hawks' brutal four-game Great Lakes Valley Conference road trip to open 2019 culminated Saturday with a 78-56 loss to Southern Indiana at the Physical Activities Center, leaving the Hawks winless on the trip and looking to regroup as they return to Pepsi Arena for a four-game homestand.

"We need to get our confidence up," said Hellenthal, whose team will play host to Maryville at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. "I worry about the road trip breaking our confidence, so we need to come out and play with some confidence and have some success."

The Hawks (7-9, 1-5 GLVC) played that way for most of the first half Saturday.

They withstood a 10-point run by Screaming Eagles senior guard Alex Stein and foul trouble for two of their starting forwards and kept themselves within striking distance until halftime.

"They didn't intimidate us," Hellenthal said. "I liked that. Our guys didn't come out and just lay down and take it that it would be another loss. I thought they showed some toughness."

A three-point play by De'Andre Alexander pulled the Hawks within 33-29 with 3:11 remaining in the first half, and they had consecutive opportunities to make it a one-possession game. However, the Hawks had two missed shots and a turnover, and the Screaming Eagles responded by scoring the final four points to take a 37-29 lead going into halftime.

"I told the guys we've got to keep it here when it was four points," Hellenthal said. "We just couldn't hold tight enough. I still wasn't disappointed. We were right there."

The first two minutes of the second half broke QU's back.

The Hawks missed their first three shots, while the Screaming Eagles made three straight to balloon the lead to 44-29 before Hellenthal burned a timeout. Senior guard Demetrius Houston picked up his third foul in that stretch and had to go to the bench.

"We just ran out of juice," Hellenthal said.

Playing short-handed led to that. Sophomore guard Ryan Briscoe didn't play for a second consecutive game because of a health matter, and junior guard Robert DeVries sat out after rolling an ankle in Thursday's loss at Bellarmine, forcing Hellenthal to dress a member of the junior varsity team just to have at least 11 players available.

Houston led the Hawks with 14 points, while Marcus Hinton had 11 points and eight rebounds.

Quincy committed 22 turnovers with just seven assists on Saturday. The Hawks turned the ball over 68 times in the final three games of the road trip.

"We just have to find a way to take care of the basketball," Hellenthal said. "If we do that, we give ourselves a better chance."

Southern Indiana 78, Quincy 56

QUINCY (7-9, 1-5 GLVC)

Womack 3-6 0-3 6, Stuckman 2-5 0-2 6, Houston 5-14 2-5 14, Hinton 3-6 2-2 11, Fadika 2-3 0-0 4, Dosier 1-3 2-2 5, Meny 0-0 0-0 0, Alexander 2-3 3-3 7, Zurcher 1-2 0-0 2, Camilo 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 19-43 10-18 56.

SOUTHERN INDIANA (11-4, 3-2 GLVC)

Caldwell 1-6 0-0 2, Little 7-11 1-2 15, Norman 0-2 0-0 0, Stein 7-14 3-5 19, Rivera 4-5 0-0 11, Rouch 0-3 0-0 0, Price 4-5 3-6 11, Dancy 3-5 0-2 6, Mbumba 1-2 1-2 3, Hansen 4-7 1-1 11. Totals 31-60 9-18 78.

Halftime score--Southern Indiana 37, Quincy 29. 3-point field goals--Quincy 8-18 (Hinton 3-4, Houston 2-5, Stuckman 2-4, Dosier 1-3, Womack 0-1, Zurcher 0-1), Southern Indiana 7-19 (Rivera 3-4, Stein 2-4, Hansen 2-5, Caldwell 0-3, Rouch 0-2, Little 0-1). Rebounds--Quincy 29 (Hinton 8), Southern Indiana 31 (Little 10). Assists--Quincy 7 (Womack, Houston 2), Southern Indiana 20 (Stein 7). Steals--Quincy 4 (Womack 3), Southern Indiana 6 (Caldwell, Little, Norman, Stein, Rivera, Hansen). Blocked shots--Southern Indiana 1 (Price). Turnovers--Quincy 22, Southern Indiana 9. Fouls--Quincy 20, Southern Indiana 14. Fouled out--None. Officials--Romonte Dishman, Bryan Washer, Mark Howell.