Comeback by the Truman State mens basketball team comes up short

The Truman men's basketball team sat within a single possession twice early in the second half on Sunday afternoon, but an all-out three-point barrage by the host UW-Parkside Rangers sank the Bulldogs 78-57 on the back end of a three-day, two-game road trip for Truman.

After falling behind by a dozen in the first half, Truman (8-3, 1-2 GLVC) appeared to have righted the ship and climbed back to just a five-point deficit, 33-28, at the intermission.

Senior forward Mike Carlson's layup pulled the Bulldogs to within three, and junior guard Reed Mells did the same after a UWP (9-2, 2-0 GLVC) bucket to put the Ranger lead at just 35-32 with 17:47 to play in the ball game.

However, the host squad unleashed an onslaught of three-point baskets â?? connecting on 9-of-18 in the second half â?? to pull away, as Truman could only counter with two triples in the second half while shooting 42% in the final 20 minutes.

Freshman guard Kyle Kanaskie led all Bulldogs with 11 points, hitting three triples and a two-pointer while also doling out a team-high four assists and grabbing four rebounds.

He added a pair of steals to Truman's 12 for the game, with his backcourt mate Mells scoring eight points with four swipes and three assists.

Carlson chipped in 10 points for his 10th double-figure game of the season, and both junior Seth Jackson and sophomore Andrew Vander Zwaag poured home seven points apiece.

For the game, Truman shot 39% from the floor and 25% from three-point range, while also connecting on 7-of-11 (64%) from the foul line. UWP won the rebounding battle 38-25 with the Bulldogs only getting eight points off 18 Ranger miscues.

The Bulldogs return to Pershing Arena this Thursday (Jan. 9) night when the squad plays its first Great Lakes Valley Conference home game in school history.

Truman will welcome Illinois Springfield for a 7:30 pm tip following the women's game at 5:30 pm.

The Prairie Stars lost two home games this weekend to fall to 4-6 overall (0-2 GLVC) on the season.