Before we get into the three stars from Saturday’s beating, I’ll hop on top of my soap box.
With all due respect to the fine folks of Central Christian College of the Bible, a faith-based school in Moberly, Mo., the Saints had no business being on the same court with the Hawks for this non-conference game.
I fully understand the need for teams to “schedule wins.” You throw some money at a school to come in and play you. (QU routinely pays the smaller schools in the neighborhood of $1,500 for these types of games.) Every school does it at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels. Heck, the Hawks were just the fodder earlier this month and got $25,000 combined for exhibition losses to Illinois, Illinois State and Notre Dame. The difference in those game and what happened Saturday night at QU was that the Hawks gave effort in those games and fully expected to go in and fight for a win.
The Saints, who were 103-59 losers to the Hawks at Pepsi last year, didn’t give much of an effort. Yes, they were greatly undersized with no player taller than 6-foot-3 on their roster. They were mismatched on every spot on the floor. But they didn’t offer any resistance at all. The Hawks did whatever they wanted.
The Hawks padded their stats across the board as everyone who played scored. And to credit QU, it didn’t just turn the game into a streetball game when things got out of hand. The Hawks were disciplined enough to run their offense and do the things they’re coached. That was probably the highlight of the night for them.
Still, this game was a flat-out embarrassment.
You felt bad for the Saints for getting pummeled. If there was ever a time for a running clock in college basketball, this was it. I felt bad for the people who paid good money to watch a game and instead witnessed a beating.
Hopefully, this is the last we’ll ever see of the Saints.
With that out of the way, here’s a look at Saturday’s stars:
1. Billy Baptist
For the second straight home game, Baptist missed a dunk. That first-half miss on a breakaway — the same type of dunk he missed in the season opener against Upper Iowa — was about the only thing he did wrong though. He was 5 of 6 on dunks during the game as part of a 23-point, 11-rebound, three-assist effort. Oh, and he played just 14 minutes.
2. Justin Brock
The junior center took full advantage of the smaller Saints by scoring 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds. The Saints had no answer for how to guard him in the low post as he easily pushed his way to the basket. He played just 14 minutes as well.
3. Christy Fleming
QU’s first-year cheer and dance coach and her squad deserve a nod for an entertaining halftime performance. Heck, it was probably the highlight of the night. The teams combined to do a number where they made a human car. It was pretty neat and got a good reaction from the crowd, most of which left after that.
The Hawks set two school records in the win. The 127 points was the most in a single game, eclipsing the 126 points the 1952-53 Hawks scored in a game against Carthage College. The 72-point margin of victory is also a record, passing a 58-point win by the 1996-97 Hawks over Harris-Stowe (106-48). … Believe or not, the team’s 72 rebounds wasn’t even close to a record. The Hawks once pulled down 96 boards in a game against McKendree during the 1963-64 campaign. The Hawks outrebounded the Saints 72-18. … Courtney Belger set a career high with 10 assists as the Hawks had 34 assists against 10 turnovers. … QU outscored the Saints 76-12 in the paint and had 31 second-chance points to just 2 for Central Christian. … After playing several GLVC schools last year, Central Christian will not play any other than QU this season. … The best of Baptist’s five dunks came on a nice alley-oop feed by Billy Hayes.