Truman State men's basketball beats Missouri S&T


The Truman State University men's basketball team is on a tear and that's putting it lightly.

The Bulldogs pushed their winning streak to four, have scored at least 92 points in each of those victories and made quick work of Missouri S&T for the second time in eight days.

The Purple and White cruised past the Miners by 23, 96-73, on a cold Thursday night inside the Gale Bullman Multipurpose Building.

During said four-game spurt, Truman (9-5, 4-1 GLVC) is averaging 99 points per night, shooting an absurd 53 percent (147-of-277) from the field, 43 percent (57-for-132) from deep, and has turned in an extremely efficient assist-to-turnover ratio of 99 to 43.

On the other side, Missouri S&T (2-11, 0-5 GLVC) has dropped five straight and 10 of its last 11 games.

Enter Brodric Thomas What a night for the redshirt sophomore from Bolingbrook, Ill. In 34 minutes, Thomas was one rebound shy of Truman's second triple-double in as many years as he finished with 34 points (Bulldogs' first 30-point game of 2017-18), 12 assists (tied for second in program history), nine boards, one block, and a steal.

In the process, Mr. Versatility tied his career high for points (34 at SWCC) while setting a new personal best for assists, field goals made (16) and field goals attempted (30). The 6-5 guard has now notched four double-doubles in his career including two in the Purple and White (Dec. 7 at McKendree).

Not to be overlooked, though, is Zach Fischer's 10th double-double of the season and 11th of his career with 15 points, 12 rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

Both Thomas and Fischer had a double-double at McKendree, so this marks the first time that two Bulldogs have had a double-double in the same game in multiple games since the 2010-11 campaign.

That season, Vesko Filchev and Ethan Freeman accomplished the feat on Dec. 7 and Feb. 19.

Aside from those two, three other Bulldogs scored at least 10 points including Jake Velky (17), Nathan Messer (11) and Taurin Hughes (10).

Truman has now had five scorers put up 10 or more points in four-straight games and four players score at least 10 in six straight. In the first nine games of the year, Messer went for 10 or more just three times, but he has reached that mark in five-straight appearances. During that span, Messer is averaging 16 points per game while shooting nearly 58 percent (30-of-52) from the floor.

In the team head-to-head, Truman had just six turnovers (season low) to Missouri S&T's 17 and racked up 25 assists to the Miners' 13.

The Bulldogs have tallied at least 20 dimes in each of the last four games after not doing so once in the 10 games before that.

In the first half, neither team had the start they wanted as Truman was two of its first 11 and Missouri S&T converted on just three of its initial 11 field goal attempts.

The Miners' first and only lead came at the 14:03 mark when it was 6-5 before the Bulldogs completely took over.

From there until the end of the first half, the Purple and White went 16-of-30 from the field (53 percent) and led by 16, 44-28, heading into the locker room.

After the break, the margin was never smaller than 12 (46-34) and ballooned to as big as 27 (66-39 and 68-41).

Next up, Truman is at Rockhurst on Saturday with the start time set for approximately 3 p.m. from inside the Hawks' Mason Halpin Field House.

Courtesy Truman State University

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