Green's career day leads Truman past Ohio Valley
QUINCY, Ill. - The Truman State University men's basketball team opened up play in the 18th annual QU Subway Holiday Classic on Saturday and Jack Green made his first appearance in the event one to remember. Green poured in a career-high 25 points and was one of four in double-figures as the Bulldogs defeated Ohio Valley by five, 89-84.
Truman (5-4) gets back above the .500 mark with its second win in a row and only used seven players to get the job done. Meanwhile, Ohio Valley (1-6) has dropped six straight since a victory in its season opener. As mentioned above, Green was one of four with at least 10 points to go with eight rebounds, which ties a personal best for the Des Moines, Iowa native. The 6-4 guard put up those numbers in 26 minutes on the court and missed just five field goal attempts (9-for-14).
Next up was Zach Fischer's 23 points and 12 rebounds for his seventh career double-double and sixth of the year. Those six double-doubles are the most by a Bulldog in single season since Mike Carlson was responsible for six during the 2013-14 campaign. Saturday, Fischer added two steals, a block and was an efficient 10-of-13 from the floor.
Also in double-figures for the Purple and White were Brodric Thomas with 15 points, eight boards, six dimes, one block, and a steal, as well as Jake Velky with 10 points and three rebounds. Freshman, Turner Scott, tallied a career-high nine points on four makes in eight looks from the field.
In the team head-to-head, the free throw- and three-point lines were crucial to the outcome of this one. The Fighting Scots made 14 triples (14-of-35) to just six (6-for-23) by the Bulldogs, but Truman converted 17 free throws (17-of-22) to only two from Ohio Valley (2-for-6).
The first half was one of runs as Truman opened the game with a 16-6 spurt over the first 3:54. Ohio Valley responded with a 16-5 run that lasted more than six minutes to take its first lead of the game, 22-21. The Bulldogs then threw another haymaker with 11 of the next 14 points and were back in front by seven, 32-25, with 6:11 left until the intermission. From there until the halftime buzzer, the Fighting Scots outscored the Bulldogs by five, 16-11, but still trailed them by two, 43-41, heading into the locker room. All 11 of Truman's points during that span came from Green, his first 11 of the day. Both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes but Ohio Valley cashed in on seven three-pointers to just two by Truman.
In the first two minutes and change of the second stanza, Ohio Valley took its final three leads of the contest, each by one point, at 44-43, 46-45 and 49-47. After the game's second and final tie at 52-52, Truman used a 21-8 run to take its biggest advantage of the match at 13, 73-60. From there until the final buzzer, the Fighting Scots made it a game as they came within two twice (80-78 and 84-82), but the Bulldogs held on for the five-point decision.
Next up, Truman will play an old MIAA foe, Missouri Southern State, on Sunday with the tip set for 1 p.m. inside Pepsi Arena.
Courtesy Truman State Athletics