QU men’s basketball team begins crucial three-game home weekend with victory

Quincy University forward Malik Hardmon scored a game-high 26 points in leading Quincy to an 81-73 victory over Rockhurst on Thursday night at Pepsi Arena. | Photo courtesy Denny Sinnock, QU Athletics

QUINCY — Quincy University men’s basketball coach Steve Hawkins relates three games in five days to an NBA schedule. At least the Hawks have the advantage of playing them all at Pepsi Arena. QU started the homestand off right Thursday night with an 81-73 win over Rockhurst and kept pace with the University of Missouri-St.…

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Hawks bring focused energy, sense of purpose into new year with victory over Bulldogs

Quincy University forward Malik Hardmon, right, gets fouled on the arm by Truman State's Xavier Hall during the first half of Thursday night's game at Pershing Arena in Kirksville, Mo. | Photo courtesy Max Bennett, QU Athletics

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — No one associated with the Quincy University men’s basketball program — outside of head coach Steve Hawkins — had experienced success against Truman State University. As much as the Hawks wanted to change that Thursday night, there was a larger purpose behind their 85-74 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory at Pershing Arena.…

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Down to the last detail: Hawks adapt, adjust and improve in winning home opener against Trojans

Quincy University junior guard Zion Richardson looks to make a move around a Hannibal-LaGrange University defender during Wednesday night's game at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Malik Hardmon has listened to the Quincy University men’s basketball coaching staff harp on being detail oriented so often the words and phrases being uttered have slipped into his subconscious. “I wake up and in my dream I’ve heard, ‘Details, details, details,’” the senior forward said with a grin. He and the Hawks…

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North to Alaska: Once-in-a-lifetime trip will allow Hawks to improve their team bonds

The Quincy University men's basketball team is traveling to Alaska this week to play in the Seawolves Thanksgiving Classic in Anchorage, Alaska. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Malik Hardmon balked. Asked if he was prepared for the Quincy University men’s basketball team trip to Alaska and the single-digit temperatures awaiting the Hawks, the junior forward deadpanned, “No, I am not.” Hardmon admitted it sounds funny for someone who grew up in Chicago to be concerned with cold weather, but Alaska…

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Hawks will look to adjust, improve after falling to Oilers in season opener

NCAA Division II men's basketball official Cody Crum tosses up the opening tip for Quincy University's game against Findlay on Friday night at Pepsi Arena. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Ryan Hellenthal’s description of what transpired Friday night at Pepsi Arena was quite apropos. “Outtoughed, outdisciplined,” the Quincy University men’s basketball coach said. The Hawks are intent on changing that. Opening the season against a seasoned Findlay team in the GMAC-GLVC Regional Crossover, Quincy fell behind 7-0 out of the gate, trimmed the…

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