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Truman State men's basketball stops Central Christian College of the Bible

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Three days after its four-game winning streak was snapped, the Truman State University men's basketball team took out the frustration from that defeat on Central Christian College of the Bible Friday night inside Pershing Arena.

The Bulldogs made quick work of the Saints to the tune of 118-47 on the eve of their exhibition trip to Division I Indiana State.

Individually for the Bulldogs, Hunter Strait (pictured) led four double-figure scorers with 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting (4-for-7 from three) to go with six rebounds, six assists and two steals

. Next up, Brodric Thomas put up a 20 spot for the second-straight game with a season-high 22 on 9-of-16 shooting (4-for-9 from deep) as well as four rebounds, two blocks, one steal, and an assist. Mark Rogers and Tanner Zeil also scored at least 10 points with 16 and 13, respectively. Nathan Messer and Cade McKnight paced the squad in rebounds with eight each along with nine points apiece. Nikola Pesic played just 12 minutes but finished with four points, four steals, three assists, and one rebound in that time.

Truman held Central Christian to just 22.9 percent (8-of-35) shooting in the first 20 minutes and outscored the Saints by 46 in that span, 63-17. Central Christian was able to up that mark to just 30 percent (12-for-40) in the second frame while the Bulldogs shot 58.1 percent (25-of-43) in the first half followed by 62.9 (22-for-35) in the second. For the Purple and White, 40 of their 78 shot attempts came from behind the arc where they made 17 of them for a clip of 42.5 percent.

As mentioned above, Truman now travels to Indiana State of the Missouri Valley Conference for a Saturday exhibition beginning at 1 p.m. eastern time. The Bulldogs will be facing an MVC team for the second time in three seasons after a trip to Creighton back in January of 2017.

Courtesy Truman State University




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