Men's College Basketball

Triple the fun: Hawks win season opener in three overtimes

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Nov. 9, 2019 12:40 am

FINDLAY, Ohio -- All the preseason conditioning was worth it.

The Quincy University men's basketball players had to admit to that despite their fatigue Friday afternoon after outlasting Cedarville for a 112-104 triple-overtime victory in the GMAC/GLVC Challenge at Croy Gym on the University of Findlay campus.

"It was in the second overtime when I said to (QU teamamte) Austin Downing, ‘This is where all the running pays off,'" QU junior forward Tanner Stuckman said. "You could tell Cedarville was getting fatigued and we were hanging in there."

The Hawks hung around long enough.

The Yellowjackets forced overtime by hitting a 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer to tie the game at 71. They made a layup with one second left in the first overtime to tie the game at 85. Cedarville missed a last-second shot in the second overtime, leaving the game tied at 95. And they trailed only 102-100 with 1:37 to play in the third extra period after Isaiah Speelman's 3-pointer.

QU freshman guard Trent Champagne answered with a 3-pointer for a five-point edge and made two free throws with 20 seconds remaining to help finish off the victory.

"He stepped into those with confidence," QU coach Ryan Hellenthal said.

Champagne had seven points, three rebounds and an assist in the third overtime and finished with 10 points, four rebounds and two assists in his collegiate debut.

"I told Trent he was MVP of that game," Downing said.

Such an honor could have gone to any of the five still on the floor at the end.

The Hawks had four players foul out, played Stuckman 55 minutes and Ryan Briscoe 52 minutes and withstood every adverse moment.

"I thought we played with a tremendous amount of composure," Hellenthal said. "They play for each other and they're really focused on playing the next play."

The Hawks never flinched, even after failing to defend the final play of regulation.

Leading 71-68 after Downing split a pair of free throws with seven seconds remaining, the Hawks were supposed to foul and not allow a 3-point attempt. Instead, the Yellowjackets' Jacob Drees hit a trey at the buzzer to tie the game.

"We didn't let it bother us," Downing said. "We looked at it like it was 0-0 again. We felt we were the tougher team and we had to prove it."

The Hawks trailed by as many as four points in the first two overtimes, but responded by attacking the basket. They outscored the Yellowjackets 54-36 in points in the paint and took the lead for good when Aziz Fadika converted a traditional three-point play 50 seconds in the third overtime.

"It shows we are able to grind as a team," Stuckman said.

Stuckman finished with a career-high 28 points and 11 rebounds, while Downing had 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Briscoe scored 19 points with six rebounds. Quinton Green led Cedarville with 30 points.

Quincy will face No. 17 Findlay at 5 p.m. Saturday in the final game of the challenge. Findlay suffered a 67-59 loss to Truman State on Friday.

GMAC/GLVC Challenge

Quincy 112, Cedarville 104

QUINCY (1-0)

Stuckman 9-18 7-7 28, Downing 8-11 11-15 27, Briscoe 8-13 2-5 19, Fadika 5-11 1-2 11, Kovacevic 2-5 1-2 5, Champagne 2-4 4-4 10, Smith 3-8 0-0 8, Moore 1-4 2-2 4, Warren 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-74 28-27 112.

CEDARVILLE (0-1)

Green 11-22 6-6 30, TenHove 8-19 8-8 24, Speelman 6-19 5-6 20, Parker 5-12 3-4 15, Van Horn 0-2 3-4 3, Drees 3-8 5-6 12, Mantis 0-1 0-0 0, McKeeman 0-2 0-0 0, Dittmer 0-0 0-0 0, Gillis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-85 30-34 104.

Halftime--Quincy 31, Cedarville 30. End of regulation--Tied at 71. End of first overtime--Tied at 85. End of second overtime--Tied at 95. 3-point field goals-- Quincy 8-27 (Stuckman 3-7, Downing 0-1, Briscoe 1-4, Kovacevic 0-3, Champagne 2-4, Smith 2-6, Moore 0-2), Cedarville 8-37 (Green 2-9, TenHove 0-4, Speelman 3-11, Parker 2-7, Drees 1-4, Matis 0-1, McKeeman 0-1). Rebounds--Quincy 49 (Stuckman 11), Cedarville 44 (TenHove 12). Assists--Quincy 19 (Downing 8), Cedarville 13 (Parker 5). Steals--Quincy 6 (Fadika 2), Cedarville 8 (Green, Parker 3). Blocked Shots--Quincy 1 (Kovacevic 1), Cedarville 1 (Green 1). Turnovers-- Quincy 17, Cedarville 12. Fouls--Quincy 30, Cedarville 29. Fouled out--Quincy 4 (Fadika, Kovacevic, Smith, Moore), Cedarville 4 (Green, TenHove, Van Horn, Drees). Officials--Nick Meyer, Todd Von Sossan, Chuck Docken.