Truman State men top Central Christian to start 2-0

Five Truman men's basketball players reached double-figures offensively, and the Bulldogs dominated the glass at both ends en route to a 86-47 victory against Central Christian College on Monday night in Pershing Arena.

The Bulldogs punished the visiting Saints on the glass all night, plucking 27 offensive rebounds as part of a 53-20 edge in the rebounding department.

As a result, Truman totaled 25 second-chance points and turned 19 CCCB (0-2) turnovers into 29 points in a contest that saw the Bulldogs lead by as many as 47 late in the second half.

Andrew Vander Zwaag led all Bulldogs with 15 points off the bench in 18 minutes of action, while Kyle Kanaskie added 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds to go along with three assists and three steals.

Mike Carlson chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds; Seth Jackson scored 11 points, and Isaac Gardner drained three triples on his way to an 11-point night.

Reed Mells notched a game-high nine assists with no turnovers, and Marek Bush logged an eight-point, eight-rebound night of his own.

Patrick Burmester snared eight rebounds in his 19 minutes of work, while Dominic Kacich poured in five points and grabbed a pair of steals.

On the night, Truman shot 33-for-76 (43.4%) from the field. CCCB was led by 15 points from Adam Rabke and 14 points by Brett Ruch.

The Bulldogs take 11 days off before visiting Div. I Indiana State for an exhibition contest on Nov. 22.

The next regular season games for the Bulldogs come two-plus weeks from tonight, when Truman plays two at the Drury Invitational on Nov. 29-30 in Springfield, Mo.

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