Tuman State men's basketball falls to Southern Indiana 80 to 65
At one point in the first half, Southern Indiana scored 18-consecutive points to bury the Truman State University men's basketball team with a 17-point deficit, 28-11. After that, the Bulldogs could never get closer than 12 (28-16) and the Screaming Eagles' lead grew to as big as 21 (73-52 and 76-55) en route to the 15-point road defeat, 80-65.
Truman (8-7, 3-2 GLVC) has lost two games in a row for the first time since opening the season 0-4 and fell to 3-5 in contests away from Pershing Arena. On the other side, Southern Indiana (10-4, 2-2 GLVC) picked up its first home league win of the season and now leads the all-time series with Truman by four, 6-2.
Cade McKnight paced the Purple and White in scoring with 16 points, 10 of which game in the first half, while Taurin Hughes (pictured) also reached double-figures with 11, all of which were in the first 20 minutes. Other team leaders included Hunter Strait in rebounds with five and Brodric Thomas in assists with four. Thomas (six points), who faced foul trouble from the get-go, was held to less than 10 points for just the second time this season and the fifth time in his Bulldog career. The redshirt junior made just two field goals, also tied for his season worst.
Off the bench late, Jake Messer scored his first-career points with a triple, Collin Hill tallied his first-career field goal thanks to a layup and Caleb Socha hit his first-ever triple.
Truman scored nine of the first 11 points of the game, all on Hughes' three-pointers, before Southern Indiana answered with 26 of the next 28 points to take that commanding 17-point advantage, 28-11.
Next up, Truman will be at No. 1 Bellarmine on Saturday for a 2:15 p.m. (CT) tip. The Knights rolled past Quincy on Thursday, 99-58, to extend their home winning streak to 64 games.
Courtesy Truman State University