Second half Southern Indiana surge downs Truman


EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Truman State University men's basketball team led homestanding Southern Indiana by as many as 13, 56-43, in the second half and looked to be in complete control. However, the Screaming Eagles flipped a switch, used a 32-5 run to take their biggest lead of the game (75-61) and didn't look back en route to the 85-76 final.

Truman falls to 11-7 overall and 6-3 in the GLVC while Southern Indiana (15-5, 6-2 GLVC) remains unblemished at home with a mark of 11-0 inside the Physical Activities Center. The Screaming Eagles now lead the all-time series 5-2 including 4-0 at home.

Zach Fischer (pictured) finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the year, which is the most by a Bulldog in a single season since Truman Hall of Famer Cory Parker's 14 in 1997-98. Brodric Thomas was the next scorer in double-figures for the Purple and White with 20, but Thomas was tied up for just two points in the second half. Jake Velky represented Truman's third and final 10+ point scorer with 12 and is now 10 away from 1,000 for his career.

In the beginning, after Southern Indiana took its first lead of the game at 4-2, Truman scored 19 of the next 28 points to go ahead by eight, 21-13. The Bulldogs even pushed their advantage to 11 on three different occasions including 33-22, 35-24 and 37-26. The Screaming Eagles proceeded to rattle off seven points in a row, though, to slim the deficit to four, 37-33, before the visitors went into the locker room up eight, 43-35.

After a 19-10 Truman run to open the second stanza that gave it that 13-point lead, 56-43, Southern Indiana took over. Once the home team was up 14, the Bulldogs were never closer than seven (83-76) before the final margin of nine.

Next up, Truman is at Maryville on Thursday with tip set for 7:30 p.m. in St. Louis.

Courtesy of Truman State Athletics

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