Senior forward Mike Carlson scored 20 points and added seven assists, but a late push by Division I Indiana State kept the Truman men's basketball team at arm's length on Friday night, as the Sycamores defeated Truman 80-69.
For the Bulldogs, who were playing their third NCAA Div. I exhibition opponent of the season, Carlson's 20 points led three players in double-figures, as sophomore Andrew Vander Zwaag added 14 points in 21 minutes off the bench, while junior Reed Mells poured in 13 points.
Truman was efficient on offense all night, shooting 25-for-45 (56%) from the floor, including a 59% clip (13-for-22) in the second half. Vander Zwaag and Carlson teamed up for seven of the team's eight three-balls on the night, while the squad converted 11-of-13 free throw opportunities.
The score was tied four times and the lead changed hands four times, with the Bulldogs leading by five midway through the first half.
After Truman pulled to within six at 70-64 on a Mells jumper with 5:45 to play, INS rattled off nine straight to open up a 79-64 advantage with just more than two minutes to play.
Truman pulled to within single digits early in the second half and stayed there up until the late offensive flurry by the Sycamores.
Sophomore Cory Myers added eight points and three assists, and senior Marek Bush chipped in seven points as well.
The Bulldogs, who remain 2-0 officially on the season, return to action next Friday and Saturday at the Drury University Fall Classic in Springfield, Mo. Truman will face Cameron (Okla.) on Friday (Nov. 29) at 1 p.m. before taking on former MIAA-foe Northwest Missouri State on Saturday (Nov. 30) at 1
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