Truman State mens's basketball stops William Jewell 81 to 80
Despite only one tie, four lead changes and leading nearly the entire game, the Truman State University men's basketball team got all it could handle from homestanding William Jewell.
The Bulldogs held off the Cardinals, 81-80, to win their second game in a row and third in four tries.
Truman improved to 14-8 overall and 9-4 in the GLVC while William Jewell dropped to 17-6 on the season including 7-6 in league play. The Bulldogs now lead the all-time series by 10, 13-3, and have taken the last seven meetings between the two teams.
Brodric Thomas led the way with his sixth career double-double (fourth at Truman) thanks to 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting, 10 rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 32 minutes of action.
The next Bulldog in double-figures was Jake Velky with 16 points, four boards and one dime in 29 minutes. The third and final player in double-figures for the Purple and White was Zach Fischer on 12 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
The one deadlock and two of the lead changes came in the first 1:31 as it was tied up at 8-8. Truman then scored 20 of the next 30 points to go up by 10, 26-16, before William Jewell slimmed the margin to six on three different occasions including 31-25, 33-27 and 37-31.
The Bulldogs came right back with an 11-5 run of their own and had taken their biggest lead of the day at 12, 44-32. The Cardinals pulled within eight twice including the halftime score of 48-40.
Out of the intermission, the home team cut the deficit to six three more times (48-42, 50-44 and 55-49), but its visitors countered with an 8-2 spurt and they tied their biggest advantage of the game, 63-51.
Over the course of the next seven minutes and change, William Jewell mounted a furious comeback and doubled up Truman, 26-13, to take a one-point lead, 77-76, with 5:06 to play.
Then, Velky finished an old-fashioned three-point play and Thomas cashed in on a layup to put the away team up four, 81-77, with three minutes on the clock.
Fourteen seconds later, the Cardinals' Keith Hayes (game-high 23 points) answered with a hoop and harm of his own to make it 81-80.
Twenty-two seconds after that, Nathan Messer fouled Nick Bradley who missed both free throws, but Fischer missed a layup down at the other end.
At the 38-second mark, William Jewell's Patrick Whelan missed a jumper and Jacob Socha got the rebound for Truman. After a Bulldog timeout,
Thomas turned it over and the hosts used a timeout of their own with 14 seconds remaining.
For the Cardinals, Hayes drove it in and as he tried to kick it into the left corner, Socha stole the ball and heaved it to the other end as the buzzer went off.
Next up, Truman will be at Quincy on Saturday with tip inside Pepsi Arena set for approximately 3 p.m.
Courtesy Truman State University