Truman Routs Rival Quincy, 85-57, to Even All-Time Series
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - Truman and Quincy's 122 all-time meetings are now split right down the middle, but Saturday's matchup leaned heavily in favor of the Bulldogs. After a halftime lead of 10, 38-28, the Purple and White poured it on in the second half with 47 points to the Hawks' 29. The Bulldogs' off day on Thursday seemed to pay off as they'll look to gain the upper hand in the all-time series on Feb. 23 in Quincy.
Saturday's 28-point margin of victory is the fourth-largest in the series behind 77-42 in 1956, 70-38 in 1947 and 64-34 in 1948. All four of those games were played on Truman's home court. With the win, the Bulldogs get back above the .500 mark both overall (12-11) and in GLVC play (7-6). The Purple and White continue to play well at home where they're 8-4 as opposed to 4-7 away from Pershing. On the other side, Quincy fell to 9-14 on the season including 3-10 in league action.
Saturday once again proved to be the Brodric Thomas' (pictured) show as the 6-5 guard finished one rebound and one assist shy of a triple-double to go with 20 points on 6-of-15 shooting. Not to mention the fact that Thomas turned the ball over just two times in 33 minutes along with two blocks and a steal to boot. The two other Bulldogs to score in double-figures included Taurin Hughes with 16 (11 in the second half), including four three-pointers, and Cade McKnight with 15 (all in the second half).
In the team head-to-head, Truman assisted on 17 of its 26 field goals while Quincy registered only six dimes for its 19 field goals. The Bulldogs held the Hawks to a three-point field goal percentage of just 6.7 (1-for-15), the lowest mark by a Purple and White opponent in 28 years. Harding went 0-of-7 from behind the arc back on Jan. 4, 1991. With that effort, Truman is now second in the GLVC for three-point field goal percentage defense at 33.3 percent. That clip trails first-place Maryville by just .3 percent.
In the beginning, Truman scored the first seven points, all thanks to the right hand of Turner Scott (didn't score after that). Quincy answered by scoring 10 of the next 14 points to pull within one, 11-10, at the 13:12 mark, but would never get any closer than that all game. In the first half alone, the Bulldogs pushed their lead to as many as 15, 31-16, before the halftime margin of 10, 38-28. In the second frame, the Hawks' deficit was as little as eight, 38-30, and as large as 28 for the final score. Head coach, Jeff Horner, was able to empty the bench as 15 players got in and nine of them found the scoring column.
Next up, Truman will make the Kansas City trip with William Jewell on Valentine's Day (7:30 p.m.) and Rockhurst the following Saturday (3 p.m.).
Courtesy of Truman Athletics