Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams fell to their counterparts from the University of Indianapolis at Pershing Arena Thursday in the penultimate game of each of their seasons.
A late push by UIndy forced the game into overtime before the Bulldogs fell 75-70 to the bottom three-ranked Greyhounds. The loss is only the Bulldogs’ sixth overall on the season.
The Bulldogs pulled ahead early in the first quarter and led for almost the entire game until the Greyhounds tied the score at 67 late after a lot of back-and-forth scoring in the second half. During the five-minute overtime period, UIndy limited the Bulldogs to 8 points. Forward Rachel Edmundson led the Bulldogs in scoring with 13 points throughout the game, while forward Emma Benoit paced the Greyhounds with 24. Truman’s free throw percentage was uncharacteristically low, as the team only converted on 15 of 24 foul shots.
With the win, the Greyhounds improve to 10-17 overall and 4-13 in the GLVC. The Bulldogs fall to 21-6 overall and 12-5 in the conference, and they will finish in third place in the GLVC standings regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s game against No. 2 Lewis University.
The Greyhounds men’s team took the lead early and never looked back, despite a late scoring run by the Bulldogs, and won 84-77.
Three players tied with 17 points to lead the Greyhounds in scoring, and the team shot over 50 percent from both the field and beyond the three-point line. Forward Cade McKnight led the Bulldogs in scoring with 18 points. The Bulldogs led by eight in the first five minutes of the game, but an offensive explosion by UIndy put the team on top for good.
With the victory, UIndy improves to 18-9 overall and 11-6 in the GLVC, good for the No. 4 spot in the conference standings. Truman, which has sat at or around .500 since conference play began, is now 14-13 overall and 8-9 in the GLVC, occupying the No. 8 spot in the standings. The Bulldogs’ final game of the regular season comes Saturday against the nationally ranked Lewis University Flyers.