TOPEKA, Kan.-Against the hosts of the Washburn Thanksgiving Classic, the Truman Men’s Basketball team struggled from the floor shooting just 18-49 (36.2%), but managed to pull out a nail biter 62-60 over Washburn. The Bulldogs limited Washburn to just 41.4% shooting to pull out the victory.
Truman started hot with a quick 7-2 lead following a jumper from Brodric Thomas. From there Washburn would take their first lead with 14:38, and would lead the rest of the half. Their biggest lead of the first half was 11, but Thomas closed the half with a three pointer to cut the lead back to single digits at 35-27.
Washburn regained a double digit lead at 49-39, but from there Truman went on a 17-6 tear to take their first lead of the second half with 3:15 left in the game. The nail biting finish would begin as Washburn took back the lead with a three pointer to go back up 58-56 with 1:46 to go. Thomas tied it up with two free throws with 72 seconds to go, and then Hunter Strait gave the Bulldogs the lead after draining a three with 26 seconds to go. A bucket got Washburn back within one, but a free throw from Turner Scott sealed the two point win.
Thomas led the team once again with 29 points, and tied with Mark Rogers for the team lead with seven rebounds. By shooting 8-19 from three TSU shot higher from downtown (42.1%) than they did from the field (36.7%).
The Bulldogs will return to Pershing Arena this Tuesday as they take on Quincy at 7:30 p.m. as they look for their first four game winning streak since winning four in a row from November 23-December 1 last season.