Mike Carlson of Truman State named GLVC men's basketball player of the week

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.

Courtesy Truman State University