No. 11 Drury Panthers Push Winning Streak To 13 With 91-60 Thrashing Of Rockhurst In Kansas City
Great Lakes Valley Conference Play At Mason-Halpin Fieldhouse
KANSAS CITY - Alex Hall had 17 points and Drake Patterson made four 3-pointers and added 13 points as a balanced No. 11 Drury dropped Rockhurst 91-60 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play at Mason-Halpin Fieldhouse Saturday evening for the Panthers' 13th consecutive victory.
Drury, the top-ranked team in this week's NCAA-II Midwest Region rankings, did nothing to hurt that status by starting quickly and putting away the Hawks to improve to 21-4 overall and 15-2 in the GLVC.
Coach Steve Hesser's Panthers jumped out to a 20-4 lead in the game's first eight minutes to take charge on their way to a 46-22 halftime cushion.
"Coming off Senior Night at home, which is an emotional game, sometimes it's hard to get your juices going again, but I thought we came out and set the tone at the beginning of the game with our defense," Hesser said. "Teddy Simniok gave us some inside scoring at the start. Never did get 3-ball going, but got some stuff going around the basket, and our defense had some stops, which is very important. Defense wins it for you."
Hall's 17-point night moved him past Nate Quinn (1,935 points from 1976-80) and into fourth place on the DU all-time scoring charts, now with 1,944 points.
"They were trying to take the three away, but he got some stuff going at the basket and in transition," Hesser said. "When people do certain things against you, you've got to go in a different direction sometimes, and I thought he did a good job of that tonight."
Patterson hit 4 of his 5 3-point attempts to account for half of Drury's eight treys in the contest.
Hall made just one (pushing his career total to 346), and still needs six to surpass Matt Miller's DU-record 351 treys for a career.
Ironically, Miller is also next on Hall's hit list for points, ranking third with his 2,024 career total from 1998-2002.
Drury held a 29-27 rebounding edge in the contest, led by six rebounds from Simniok, all in the first half as he sat out the second half as a precaution to nurse an injury.
Brandon McCann had 12 points to lead the Hawks, who lost 94-39 to the Panthers on Feb. 2 at the O'Reilly Center, which appeared to move north to Kansas City on Saturday as Mason-Halpin Fieldhouse had a distinct Drury crowd in attendance.
"It was awesome ... our hats are off to those people who took the time to drive up here today," Hesser said. "We were fortunate to have that kind of support, and we really appreciate it."
The Panthers will conclude the regular season with a GLVC contest Thursday at Missouri S & T in Rolla (7:30 tipoff).