Mike Carlson leads Truman State over Quincy

It was a night to remember for Truman men's basketball forward Mike Carlson, as the senior set a new career-high with 37 points to help guide the Bulldogs to a 79-68 win at Quincy (Ill.) University in the team's Great Lakes Valley Conference opener.

Carlson's 37 points tied for the sixth-most in program history and marked the most by any Bulldog in a single-game since January 1994, when Scott Matthews set the program benchmark with 43 against Emporia State. He missed just three field goals on the night, connecting on 13-of-16 attempts including a 5-of-7 mark from behind the three-point line. He added six free throws along with seven rebounds and two blocks in 38 minutes of work, as the Bulldogs started the season 5-0 for the first time since 2008-09.

The game proved frustrating for the visitors throughout the first 20 minutes, as Truman (5-0, 1-0 GLVC) surrendered 20 points in the paint behind 10 Quincy offensive rebounds but trailed just 38-35 at the intermission. The host Hawks (3-5, 0-1 GLVC) led by as many as eight during the opening stanza, but a triple by Carlson and a jumper by Cole Myers in the final minute helped send the purple and white into the locker room with some momentum.

A QU dunk with 13:33 to play put the Hawks ahead by six at 53-47 before Truman rattled off a 12-0 burst during a three-minute, 10-second stretch to build what was then its largest lead of the night, 59-53, with 10:23 on the clock. Kyle Kanaskie hit back-to-back triples during the run to put the Bulldogs ahead what would be for good.

The Hawks were able to stop the bleeding momentarily, but a pair of Red Mells free throws followed by a Carlson three-ball, a Patrick Burmester free throw, and a Seth Jackson lay-up gave Truman a double-figure lead at 67-56 with 5:59 to play. The margin would dip below 10 just twice more, as the Bulldogs iced the game away behind seven late points by Carlson and an Andrew Vander Zwaag lay-up to log its first true road win of the 2013-14 campaign.

In addition to Carlson's 37 points, Jackson also finished in double-figures with 17 points in his first start of the season. Kanaskie chipped in nine points, while Mells led all players with nine assists to go against just one turnover.

For the game, the Bulldogs shot 51% (26-of-51) from the floor, with that number fueled by a second-half line of 61% (14-of-23). Truman connected on 10 of 22 three-pointers and drained 17 free throws on 27 attempts. The Bulldogs' hot shooting and plus-seven turnover margin helped negate QU's 45-28 edge on the glass, including a 19-5 gap in offensive boards. Seven different players were credited with a steal on the defensive end for Truman, who continued to sit alongside nationally-ranked Drury as the only undefeated squads in the GLVC West Division.

QU put three players in double-figures, led by Chris Babbitt's 12 points (0-8 FG, 12-14 FT). Dalton Hoover added 11 points and nine rebounds.

The Bulldogs take the next week off as Truman undergoes finals week, with the team next set to take the court on Saturday, Dec. 14 at home against Concordia (Mo.) Seminary. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. in Pershing Arena.