Men’s basketball ties for third in GLVC

The men's basketball team started their first winning streak since Jan. 13. (Photo by Kara Mackenzie)

The Truman State University men’s basketball team boosted off of two victories last week to tie for third in the GLVC.

The Bulldogs have fluctuated throughout the GLVC rankings during the 2018 half of the season, peaking at second place in January and dropping as low as fifth place earlier last week. They had been alternating between winning and losing every other game since the spring 2018 semester started. Coming out of this weekend, however, the ‘Dogs have achieved their first winning streak since Jan. 13.

Truman started that streak by narrowly defeating William Jewell College 81-80 on Thursday. Redshirt sophomore guard Brodric Thomas led the Bulldogs that game with his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Two other ‘Dogs also scored double-digit points, with junior guard Jake Velky scoring 16 and redshirt senior forward Zach Fischer scoring 12.

The Bulldogs had a greater margin of victory against Quincy University on Saturday, beating them 86-72. Though there were no double-doubles, five Bulldogs scored double-digit points, with Velky and redshirt freshman guard Turner Scott leading with 17 points each. Fischer was close behind with 13 points, and Thomas and redshirt junior guard Taurin Hughes scored 11 points each.

The men’s team will play their last four matches at home, all against GLVC opponents, starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against University of Wisconsin-Parkside.