70
      Saturday
      90 / 71
      Sunday
      91 / 72
      Monday
      84 / 64

      Truman State mens basketball open GLVC play on Saturday

      The Truman men's basketball team will look to maintain its undefeated start to the 2013-14 season this Saturday (Dec. 7) evening, as the Bulldogs partake in their first-ever Great Lakes Valley Conference contest in a visit to Quincy at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs (4-0) went a perfect 2-for-2 at the Comfort Inn/Drury University Thanksgiving Classic last weekend, posting an 87-67 win against Cameron (Okla.) on Nov. 29 before fending off Northwest Missouri 81-77 on Nov. 30.

      The wins moved Truman to 4-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign, while a win on Saturday could match that season's 5-0 start. Truman and Quincy will be meeting for the 112th time in the long-standing series, although Saturday will mark the first time they've done so under the same league banner with the Bulldogs' move to the GLVC starting this season.

      The teams split two meetings last year, with QU rallying late to beat Truman 62-60 in Quincy on Nov. 20, 2012, before the Bulldogs trounced the host Hawks 76-50 in the semifinals of the QU Holiday Classic on Dec. 18, 2012. This will be the first of two trips to Quincy this season, as the Bulldogs are once again competing in the QU Holiday Classic, this time facing Hillsdale (Mich.) on Dec. 21 and Central (Ohio) State on Dec. 22.

      The Hawks have had troubles scoring this year, ranking last in the GLVC in total offense (72.3 ppg) while also ranking 14th in rebounding margin (-2.2) and last in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.9-to-1). Chris Babbitt is the team's offensive leader at 15.7 ppg, having already gotten to the foul line 39 times this year. Scott Hahn (9.0 ppg) and Evan McGaughey (8.2 ppg) are next in line contributors on the scoring end. Quincy enters the week with a 2-4 overall record and will play host to Benedictine-Springfield on Tuesday night prior to Truman's visit on Saturday. The Hawks have two NAIA wins this season and are 0-4 against Div. II competition. The Hawks have had troubles scoring this year, ranking last in the GLVC in total offense (72.3 ppg) while also ranking 14th in rebounding margin (-2.2) and last in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.9-to-1). Chris Babbitt is the team's offensive leader at 15.7 ppg, having already gotten to the foul line 39 times this year. Scott Hahn (9.0 ppg) and Evan McGaughey (8.2 ppg) are next in line contributors on the scoring end. Marty Bell is in his 10th season at the helm of the QU men's basketball program.

      Courtesy Truman State University