Panthers Prove to Be Too Much For Flyers

Posted: March 4, 2011 in News
Alex Hall

Sophomore Alex Hall was tied for the team lead in points, scoring 17 in only 25 minutes (

The combination of a 11:13 field goal-less scoring drought in the first half, 17 total turnovers, and a -10 rebounding differential proved more than the Lewis University men’s basketball team could handle as they fell to Drury University 72-58 in the GLVC quarterfinal round at Maryville University Friday.

The No. 6 Flyers (17-14), fresh off an upset 69-67 win in Indianapolis last weekend in the conference tournament’s opening round, came out of the gates with guns a-blazin’ showing they could go punch-for-punch with the No. 3 Drury Panthers (22-6).

Thanks to a solid start from junior forward Matt Toth, who scored 8 of his 15 points in the game’s first 7:50 when the Flyers took a 19-14 lead. It would prove to be the final lead Lewis would have in the game.

Toth’s 3-point shot with 12:10 remaining in the first half would be the final field goal the team would score until sophomore guard Chris McClellan’s 3-pointer with 0:57 left. Lewis was unable to score a field goal for 11:13 of the first half, shooting 0-8 in that stretch. The Flyers mustered up only 5 points in the final 12:10 of the half, all coming by McClellan.

Momentum was clearly on the Panther’s side at halftime when Drury led 34-24 going into the locker room.

Very little was seen of standout sophomore guard Alex Hall in the game’s opening half, where Hall picked up three personal fouls. He was subbed out with 6:35 remaining in the period and scored only 6 points, but would prove to be the difference in the second half.

Hall did not re-enter the game until the 14:53 mark of the second half. But when he did, he made sure his presence was felt. Hall stroked long distance 3-pointers at will, many of which were multiple feet behind the arch. Hall shot 6-9 from the floor, including 4-7 from downtown. He ended the game with 17 points in 25 minutes of play.

The talented sophomore also accomplished a personal feat in this contest, surpassing the 1,000 career point mark. He had 990 coming into Friday’s competition.

Hall was tied for the team lead in points scored with Dennon Mitchell, a junior guard who came off the bench to score 17 points and grab 6 rebounds of his own. Mitchell has a track record with the Flyers, having burned them in last year’s GLVC Tournament in Springfield, IL.

Drury outrebounded Lewis 34-24, having grabbed twice as many offensive boards. The Panthers also saw the free throw line 13 more times than the Flyers.

This marks the end of the Flyers season. Scott Trost will feel comfortable next year with a majority of his team returning. Seniors Dennis Thomas, Jr. and Dalonte Burns will graduate this semester and end their careers at Lewis University.

With the win, Drury advances to play the tournament’s No. 2 seeded University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles Saturday at Maryville’s Moloney Arena. Tip-off will be at 12:00 CST.


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