The Truman menâ??s basketball team shot 79% in the second half, missing just five shots total, to turn a four-point halftime deficit into a 76-50 thrashing of Quincy (Ill.) University in the semifinals of the QU Subway Holiday Classic on Tuesday night.
It will be an all-MIAA final, as the â??Dogs will take on Northeastern (Okla.) State at 7:30 pm on Wednesday. Truman (4-4) forced a split in the season series with Quincy (4-3) behind a final 20 minutes on Tuesday night that turned into a perfect storm for the Bulldogs.
The purple and white hit 13 of its first 16 shots out of the intermission to build a 58-39 lead with less than seven minutes to play.
Truman kept the pressure on, blanketing the Hawks on the defensive end to push the lead to 29 with one minute on the clock.
Quincy would bank in a three-pointer at the buzzer, but the Bulldogs coasted to the championship game with the 26-point victory. For the game, Truman shot 27-of-46 from the floor, including a 19-for-24 mark in the second half.
The â??Dogs hit eight triples and shot 53% from behind the arc, adding a 14-for-20 (70%) effort from the charity stripe.
It marked the Bulldogsâ?? first win in Quincyâ??s Pepsi Arena in seven seasons (12/17/05) and the biggest win against the Hawks since a 26-point Bulldog win on Feb. 9, 1961 â?? a nearly 52-year span. The Bulldogs put up an overall balanced effort from the floor, paced by a 21-point, six-rebound, four-steal night from junior Mike Carlson.
Freshman Cole Myers scored 13 on 4-of-4 shooting (3-3 3FG, 2-2 FT), and sophomore Tyler Anderson tallied a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Senior Tom Norton added 10 off the bench, with freshman Cory Myers tallying eight points and four assists.
Senior EJ Hicks split top assist honors with Myers, handing out four in 15 minutes off the bench. Truman will face conference-newcomer NSU for the tournament title on Wednesday night.
The Riverhawks (8-1) dispatched Ohio Valley (W. Va.) with ease in the other semifinal on Tuesday, winning by a score of 96-53.
Courtesy Truman State University