Posted: Thursday, 07 February 2013 10:31PM

Drury Men Roll Past UMSL





Alex Hall scored 30 points to lead four Panthers in double-figures as Drury rolled past Missouri-St. Louis 90-75 Thursday night in Great Lakes Valley Conference play at the O'Reilly Family Event Center.

Hall hit 10 of 12 shots - including 6 of 7 from 3-point range - as the Panthers won their eighth straight game to move to 16-4 and solidify their hold on first place in the GLVC West at 10-2, one game ahead of Maryville (19-5, 9-3).

The Saints, who visit The O' at 3:15 p.m. Saturday for Homecoming festivities, rolled over Missouri S & T 89-53 Thursday night in Rolla.

Drury shot a season-best 68 percent from the field, hitting 32 of 47 shots, most from close range as they worked the offense to precision at times. Teddy Simniok had 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting, Ian Carter added 15 points (hitting 5 of 8 shots) and a game-high 11 rebounds, and Brandon Lockhart added 12 points and seven assists with no turnovers in his 37 minutes of court time.

"We got off to a good start ... I thought we had excellent energy, excellent team defense and got the ball in some good spots and scored at the basket, which is one of the things we wanted to do," said Drury coach Steve Hesser, specifically on an 11-0 start that helped stake the Panthers to a 45-36 halftime advantage.

Drury would push the lead as high as 22 points (80-58) with eight minutes to go, before "we got a little sloppy ... we need to finish better" down the stretch and the Tritons cut it as low as 11 (84-73 with 2:11 remaining) before DU snuffed out any final UMSL run.

The Panthers improved to 11-1 at The O' this season, where they've now won 17 of their last 18. Drury is now 11-0 in the O'Reilly Center in the month of February since the arena opened three years ago.

With Hall missing just once from 3-point range on the evening, the Panthers hit 7 of 12 as a team (58 percent). 

Joshua McCoy had 24 points to lead the Tritons (13-7, 6-6). 

The Panthers now brace for a return visit from Maryville, after beating the second-place Saints 78-37 in St. Louis on January 24.

"They're one game behind us in the standings ... we had one of those games with them up there, so I'm sure they'll have revenge on their mind," Hesser said. "We'll get their best effort on Saturday, I'm sure."

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