Truman stopped by No. 4 Bellarmine in GLVC finals, 75-61


EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Fifteen days after playing Bellarmine inside Pershing Arena when it was ranked No. 7, the Truman State University men's basketball team met the No. 4 Knights in the finals of the GLVC Tournament on Sunday afternoon. Bellarmine held Truman to its lowest point total in more than two years en route to the 14-point decision, 75-61.

Truman (20-10) now leaves its NCAA Tournament fate up to the selection show on Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. central time while Bellarmine (28-2) earns one of the Midwest Region's three automatic bids into the field of 64. As part of the postgame ceremonies, Brodric Thomas and Jake Velky were two of the five players named to the All-Tournament Team. In the Bulldogs' three games, Thomas did it all as he averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and 1.5 steals per game. Velky was pretty special in his own right as he finished with averages of 19.7 points, five rebounds, four assists, and one steal per contest.

Sunday alone, Velky and Thomas were the only scorers in double-figures for the Purple and White with 17 points and 16 points, respectively. Thomas was the ringleader in multiple categories including rebounds (9), assists (4), blocks (1), and steals (2) while Zach Fischer was held to single-digit points for the first time all season as he finished with nine to go with only four rebounds on 3-of-9 shooting.

The game's one tie and five lead changes came in the first three minutes and change. At that time, Bellarmine was ahead by two, 9-7, and had just began a 9-0 run that put it up by eight, 15-7, with just under five minutes gone by. Truman used a mini 8-4 spurt of its own to cut the deficit to four, 19-15, before the Knights rattled off eight-straight points to get their lead back to 12, 27-15. From there until the end of the half, the closest the Bulldogs could get was six, 31-25, before the halftime deficit of eight, 33-25.

Through the first seven minutes and change of the second half, Bellarmine scored 18 points to Truman's 10 and had its advantage up to 16, 51-35. The Bulldogs then mounted a 21-10 run over the next 10:24 that slimmed the deficit to just five, 61-56, with 2:13 remaining. However, it was too little, too late, as the Knights scored 14 of the next 19 points to win it by 14.

Courtesy of Truman State Athletics

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