Winning Streak Ends at 16 Games


Ryan Belcher
Ryan Belcher



February 14, 2006


         The longest winning streak in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's basketball history ended Tuesday night at Quincy.
         The Quincy Hawks snapped SIUE's school-record 16-game winning streak with a 78-68 victory at Pepsi Arena. SIUE is now 20-4 overall and remain a half-game ahead of Southern Indiana in the Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division.
         Southern Indiana, which travels to Quincy itself on Thursday, invades the Vadalabene Center Saturday for a battle of teams tied No. 10 in the nation in this week's NABC Division II poll. Southern Indiana is currently 23-3 overall and 12-3 in the GLVC.
         In Tuesday's game, a crowd of 903 watched as Quincy erased SIUE's winning streak with three players in double figures. Ryan Walker led the Hawks with 19 points, including three three-pointers. Andre Muse collected 18 points and Jordan Roth added 12 points.
         SIUE's Ryan Belcher led all scorers with a season-high 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting. He also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and four steals. J.B. Jones finished with 13 points and Mike Hardiek checked in with 11 points.
         Quincy, which improved to 16-8 and 11-5 in the GLVC, used some sharpshooting in the first half to grab a 31-21 lead by halftime. The Hawks used an 11-2 run near the end of the half behind seven points from Walker, including a three-pointer with 2:33 to give Quincy a 29-19 lead.
         SIUE was down by as much as 14 points in the second half but clawed to within four points at 54-50. Walker dazzled the Quincy crowd with a 26-foot three-pointer to give the Hawks a seven-point lead with 5:30 left to play.
         Despite shooting 56 percent in the second half, SIUE couldn't close the gap. SIUE shot 2 of 8 from three-point range in the second half.
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