Mike Carlson became Truman State University's first Great Lakes Valley Conference men's basketball player of the week in program history on Monday, as the senior helped lead the Bulldogs to a pair of west division victories last Thursday and Saturday. A native of Superior, Wis., Carlson averaged 27.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, all while shooting 64% from the floor and 89% from the foul line against Missouri-St. Louis and Maryville in two Bulldog wins.
Truman has now won four straight GLVC games, marking the longest conference winning streak for a Bulldog men's team since the 2006 season. Carlson opened the week by notching his fourth 30+ point game of the season with a 34-point, 11-rebound double-double against UM
He added three assists, two steals and a block in the game as well. During his 38 minutes of action, he hit a career-high 14 field goals on just 18 attempts, setting a new league-standard amongst all 16 GLVC programs this season.
Carlson scored 24 points and added seven rebounds in the first half, helping the Bulldogs to a 52-32 advantage at the break. Then, on Saturday, the previously all-MIAA senior came just shy of his second double-double of the week by scoring 21 points and adding nine rebounds in a 63-61 defensive battle at Maryville.
He shot 7-of-15 from the floor and went 5-of-6 from the foul line in 39 minutes against the Saints, with 12 of his game-high 21 points coming in the first half. On the season, he is the number two scorer in the GLVC in league-only games at 22.3 per contest while also ranking sixth in rebounding at 7.3 per game.
No player in the GLVC has more 30-point performances than Carlson this season.
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