Velky joins 1,000-point club after beating Maryville

Truman State University junior guard Jake Velky earned his place in Truman’s men’s basketball 1,000-point club Thursday night with a buzzer-beating three-pointer that edged the Bulldogs ahead of the Maryville University Saints, winning 75-74.

Although Velky came fourth in total points scored for the Bulldogs, his 13 total points was still enough to make him the 29th Truman basketball player to score 1,000 points or more in his collegiate career. The last player to make the club was guard Cory Meyers, who had earned his spot after beating Maryville in a Jan. 2017 game.

Throughout the game, the Saints led the Bulldogs sometimes by as much as 6 points, but the Bulldogs would reliably even it up or take the lead whenever the Saints thought they were on a streak. With 4 seconds left on the clock, it looked like Maryville had secured a 74-72 win, but Velky shot and scored a three-pointer as the buzzer rang, claiming the win for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs will travel to Springfield, Missouri, to play Drury University once again at 7:45 p.m. next Thursday.