Senior forward Mike Carlson put forth a night for the ages, breaking the Truman men's basketball single-game scoring record with 48 points and helping the Bulldogs outlast visiting Missouri S&T 109-105 in overtime on Thursday night in Pershing Arena. The back-and-forth affair featured 17 ties and 16 lead changes, with Truman (15-3, 8-2 GLVC) finishing at a 63.3% shooting clip â?? marking the second-highest field goal percentage in school history.
Helping fuel that high number was Carlson's career night, as the Wisconsin-native hit 17-of-23 field goals, including 4-of-7 from three-point range.
He drained 10-of-12 free throws, while also grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds for a double-double. Both teams lit up the box score in the battle between former MIAA rivals, as S&T (9-9, 4-6 GLVC) shot 51% for the game, hitting 17 three-pointers on 36 total attempts.
Bryce Foster â?? the GLVC's second-leading scorer entering tonight's action â?? lived up to his billing, finishing with 36 points behind 14 field goals (seven triples) and 11 rebounds before fouling out late in the overtime session. The biggest lead for either team in the game was seven points, with S&T turning a 48-47 halftime lead and building on it to its largest margin â?? 76-69 â?? with 9:08 to play in the game.
However, after a missed lay-up on a fast-break that would have given the Miners a nine-point cushion, Bulldog junior guard Reed Mells converted on the offensive end to spark a 7-0 Bulldog burst that eventually tied the game at 76-all. S&T would again lead by two possessions, taking a 93-87 lead with just 1:42 on the clock, but two Carlson free throws preluded a Miner shot clock violation that gave Truman the basketball back.
Mells scored his 13th point of the second half on a basket with 44 seconds to play, leaving the Bulldogs needing one more defensive stop to earn one final possession. Truman got its stop when S&T's Mudi Eruteya missed a jumper, and a quick outlet pass by Carlson with 11 seconds left found Cole Myers down the left side of the court. Myers then fed a wide-open Seth Jackson, who finished the lay-up with one second to play to tie the game at 93-93.
Zach Ellis' three-quarter court heave drew backboard and iron but fell off, sending the teams to overtime. The Bulldogs never trailed in the five-minute extra session, as four quick free throws (two each by Carlson and Jackson) put Truman on top 97-93.
After the game progressed to 99-97, Mells took over offensively on back-to-back possessions â?? hitting two jumpers to keep the 'Dogs on top, 103-100, with less than a minute to play. S&T missed a potential tying triple, and Mells added two free throws to push Truman's lead to five.
After another missed S&T long ball, the Bulldogs found Andrew Vander Zwaag wide open in the frontcourt.
The redshirt sophomore left the ball for a trailing Carlson, who hammered home a dunk for a 107-100 lead with just 23 seconds on the clock.
Meyers and Carlson each added one more free throw for insurance, sealing the 109-105 Bulldog victory. In addition to Carlson's 48 points, Mells added 21 points and six assists in his 44 minutes of action, while both Myers and Jackson chipped in a dozen points apiece.
The Bulldogs scored 56 points in the paint, while S&T edged Truman on the glass, 31-30. This marked Carlson's fifth 30+ point game of the season and tied for the third-highest single-game scoring output in Div. I and II combined this season by any men's player.
The 48 points were the most scored by a GLVC player (and in a GLVC game) since UW-Parkside's LaVontay Fenderson scored 52 against Saint Joseph's College on Feb. 12, 2009.
He also jumped five spots on Truman's career scoring list tonight, moving into 14th all-time with 1,141. As a team, Truman surpassed the 100-point mark for the first time since Nov. 19, 2012, and went to overtime for the first time since a double-OT home loss to Northwest Missouri on Feb. 15, 2012.
The Bulldogs are now 15-21 all-time as a program in overtime contests. The Bulldogs have little time to celebrate Thursday night's victory, as No. 5 Drury makes a stop in Pershing Arena this Saturday at 3 p.m.
The GLVC West-leading Panthers â?? last season's Div. II national champions â?? improved to 17-1 overall (9-1 GLVC) on the season after they, too, went to overtime on Thursday night. DU held off Quincy 92-87 to hold onto the West's top spot by one game over the 'Dogs.
Courtesy Truman State University