For the first time in February, the Truman menâ??s basketball team will return to Pershing Arena, as the Bulldogs welcome Southwest Baptist to Kirksville for a 7:30 pm tipoff on Thursday, Feb. 14. As part of the Athletic Departmentâ??s annual â??Think Pinkâ?? night, the Bulldogs (7-14, 4-9 MIAA) will be out to snap a four-game losing streak, dating back to an 80-79 victory against Nebraska-Kearney on January 24.
ncluded in this recent stretch was a 76-73 loss at SBU on February 2 â?? a game that saw the Bulldogs rally from an 11-point second-half deficit before eventually falling just short. The Bulldogs enter the week 13th in the MIAA, while SBU sits in a tie for ninth â?? each with five league contests to play. (8-13, 6-7 MIAA) are in the midst of a four-game road trip that started with a 100-91 loss at Missouri Southern on Feb. 7 before a come-from-behind 81-75 victory at Pittsburg State on Saturday, Feb. 9.
The Bearcats trailed by 22 with 11 minutes to play before coming all the way back to pick up just its second road win of the year. Preston Guiot is the teamâ??s top statistical producer, ranking third in the MIAA at 5.4 assists per game, while also sitting behind Tom Norton in second place on the three-pointers per game chart at 2.7. Damion Hooks ranks seventh in the MIAA in field goal percentage at 55%, having scored 18 points back on the Feb. 2 meeting.
In that game, Rashaad Brown-Peterson stole the show for the home squad, pouring in 24 points and adding three steals. Jeff Guiot is in his ninth season as the programâ??s head coach. Notably vs. SBU: Marek Bush had eight points and 11 rebounds in 33 minutes off the bench in the earlier meeting this season.
He is averaging 4.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in five career games.
Mike Carlson has made three starts against SBU, averaging 15.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Isaac Gardner has made 14 three-pointers in five career games against SBU, averaging 8.4 ppg. In the 80-79 win last season in Kirksville, Gardner went 6-for-6 from long-range, scoring 18 points.
Seth Jackson scored 17 points off the bench in the Feb. 2 meeting this season and has averaged 9.0 points in three career games.
Tom Norton has made 14 three-pointers in seven career games against SBU, averaging 8.1 ppg.
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