Truman Hangs with Indiana State in Road Exhibition
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Truman State University men's basketball team led Division I Indiana State, 50-49, with 12:59 left in the second half on Saturday afternoon inside the Hulman Center. The Sycamores then scored 22 unanswered points to take their biggest lead of the game at 21, 71-50, and didn't look back before winning it by eight, 77-69.
The result doesn't count towards Truman's record (5-5) while Indiana State has won six of its last seven to get to 6-2 overall. The Bulldogs will now take a 10-day break away from competition before hosting Grand Valley State on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Tip against the Lakers is set for 3 p.m. inside Pershing Arena.
Truman was led by a quartet of scorers in double-figures including Turner Scott (14), Hunter Strait (11), Cade McKnight (10), and Jacob Socha (10). McKnight also led the Bulldogs in rebounds with seven, Scott was the ringleader in assists with five, Taurin Hughes was on top of steals with three, and Nathan Messer registered the team's lone block. Team wise, the Purple and White were able to make 40 percent (12-of-30) of their looks from behind the arc and 15 of their 19 free throw attempts (78.9 percent).
In the beginning, Truman was held without a bucket for the first three minutes and change before Hughes splashed in a three at the 16:36 mark to get the Bulldogs on the board. That score made it 4-3 before Indiana State scored 21 of the next 33 points to take its biggest lead of the first half at 10, 25-15. The Purple and White then answered back with the first of several responses as they scored six-straight points, all of which came off the right hand of McKnight. That spurt cut the deficit to four, 25-21, which is the smallest it would be the rest of the half as well (28-24 and 30-26).
After the halftime margin of six, 36-30, Truman opened the second half with an 11-4 run that gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the day, 41-40. During that stretch, Scott scored eight of the 11 points including the go-ahead three from the right wing. For the next three or so minutes, the scoring was much tighter, but Truman still scored seven points to Indiana State's six for its biggest lead of the game, 48-46. After a Sycamore three-pointer, Brodric Thomas gave the Bulldogs their final lead of the day, 50-49, with a layup at the 12:59 mark.
Courtesy of Truman State Athletics