Truman hits century mark in rout of Iowa Wesleyan


KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - Saturday against Iowa Wesleyan, the Truman State University men's basketball team decided to ring in the new year a little early with a 100-point party inside Pershing Arena. The Bulldogs torched the Tigers with a red-hot 56.9 field goal percentage en route to a 107-52 victory in their final non-conference contest of the regular season.

Nathan Messer secured his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds (personal best) as five Bulldogs scored at least 10 points including Zach Fischer (23), Turner Scott (18), Jack Green (14), and Jake Velky (11). Scott looks to be settling in a bit at the point guard position as he doubled his previous career high on an efficient 7-of-11 shooting from the field including four makes in six attempts from behind the arc to go with a personal best four assists.

Green reached a new high in blocks with two while Taurin Hughes and Brodric Thomas paced the squad in dimes with seven apiece. That's a personal best for Hughes while Thomas tied his previous high set at McKendree. Alex McQuinn stuffed the stat sheet with five points, seven rebounds, two assists, and one block while Tanner Zeil established new career highs for points (6), rebounds (2) and assists (1).

As mentioned above, Truman shot a blistering 56.9 percent from the floor (41-for-72) and 41.2 percent from three-point land (14-of-34). After making just over 54 percent of their looks in the first 20 minutes (20-for-37), the Bulldogs upped that mark to 60 percent in the second half (21-of-35). The Purple and White also caught fire from long range in the second stanza as they converted on 10 of their 18 looks during that span.

Through the first three minutes and change, it was knotted up at 11-11 after three ties and three lead changes. From that point until the end of the first half, Iowa Wesleyan scored twice in a row just once, Truman outscored the Tigers 39-14 and headed into the locker room up 25, 50-25. In the second half, the Bulldogs' lead was never smaller than 23 and grew to as big as 55 as it was in the final score.

Next up, Truman will resume Great Lakes Valley Conference play by hosting Missouri S&T on Thursday inside Pershing with tip-off set for 7:30 p.m. After welcoming in Lewis that Saturday at 3 p.m., six of the following seven games will be on the road for the Bulldogs.

Courtesy of Truman State Athletics

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