Mike Carlson scored 24 points, Marek Bush grabbed 14 rebounds, and the Bulldogs went 11-for-11 from the free throw line in the final four minutes to ice away a 72-60 home victory against Southwest Baptist (Mo.) on Thursday night in Pershing Arena.
The two teams â?? who played to a 76-73 SBU win in Bolivar just 12 days prior â?? traded the lead for the first seven minutes before the Bulldogs rattled off a 9-0 run spanning more than four minutes to take an 18-10 lead with 9:29 to play in the opening half.
The lead would grow to as many as 16, capped by a Tom Norton three-pointer with 11 seconds to go in the half, as the â??Dogs (8-14, 5-9 MIAA) took a 34-18 lead into the break.
SBU (8-14, 6-8 MIAA) came out quickly in the second half, putting on a press and out-scoring the Bulldogs 10-2 in the first three minutes to creep to within eight at 36-28.
However, a Norton lay-up off a turnover pushed the lead back to double-digits, which the Bulldogs would maintain until the Bearcats drew to within seven â?? 57-50 â?? with just 4:39 to play.
Truman then took to the charity stripe, getting 11 straight free throws to counter any SBU rally down the stretch and help snap a four-game losing streak and earning win No. 5 in MIAA play.
While the Bulldog offense was paced by Carlson's team-high 24 points (9-15 FG, 1-4 3FG, 5-5 FT), along with double-figure outings by Norton (14) and Isaac Gardner (11), it was the stout â??Dog defense that held SBU to its lowest three-point total in MIAA play.
The Bearcats, who entered the night ranked second in the league in three-pointers made per game, went just 3-of-21 for the night from long range.
Truman also forced 19 SBU turnovers, leading to 20 Bulldog points.
Bushâ??s 14 rebounds marked a new career-best, while Carlson came up one rebound shy of a double-double with nine rebounds.
Seth Jackson added nine points and five rebounds, while Cory Myers dished out a team-high five assists.
The Bulldogs shot 42% for the game but went just 6-of-22 (27%) from three-point range. Truman finished 20-of-28 (71%) overall from the line.
Damion Hooks led all players with 29 points for SBU.
Nicole Gloor hit her first seven shots from the field, including four three-pointers, in a 78-69 victory over Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University on Thursday night in Pershing Arena.
The win matched last yearâ??s win total at 17 and was the 14th straight home victory for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs (17-5; 10-4 MIAA) were able to erase a Bearcat (9-13; 4-10 MIAA) 10-point deficit early in the first half win a 13-0 run sparked by a three-point barrage.
Becka McHenry, Allie Norton and Gloor all connected from distance during the run that put Truman ahead 22-19 at the seven minute mark.
Gloor then hit another three-pointer for the gameâ??s 10th and final lead change and the Bulldogs built up a 37-29 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs made 77.8% of their three-point shots in the first half going seven of nine.
Truman extended the lead to double figures with the first make of the second half and led by as many as 16 points with 11 minutes remaining.
The Bearcats would get as close as eight and Truman would score their last nine points from the foul line going 9-of-10.
It was the third time this season the Division IIâ??s top three-point shooting team made double-figures from the arc as they connected on 10-of-15 attempts (66.7%).
Gloor finished with a season-high 20 points, going 7-of-10 from the field and knocking down four of five from outside.
McHenry and Norton each added 14 points and dished out a combine 10 assists.
Jennifer Conway achieved a milestone as the senior grabbed three rebounds on the night and became the 13th Bulldog to pull down 500 career boards.
The Bulldogs took advantage of turnovers as they had just eight to SBUâ??s 18 and outscored the Bearcats on points off of turnovers 24 to two.
Jacqui Zelenka paced the Bearcats with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Chasity Prince added 17 and Brook Duncan scored 17 off the bench. It was the fourth straight defeat for SBU.
It was the sixth consecutive victory by Truman over Southwest Baptist who will now be off until next Thursday night when they host Lindenwood (Mo.) University for the home conference and senior night game.
Courtesy Truman State University