ROLLA, Mo. – Missouri S&T's men's basketball team fell victim to a big offensive night from Truman State's Brodric Thomas, as the Bulldogs rode his near-triple double performance to a 96-73 Great Lakes Valley Conference win over the Miners at Billy Key Court.
Thomas scored a game-high 34 points and did nearly as much damage with his passing, as he dished out 12 assists to help the Bulldogs (9-5, 4-1 GLVC) build a double-figure lead in the first half of the contest and pick up their second win in eight days over the Miners (2-11, 0-5 GLVC).
As both teams got off to a slow start, the Miners grabbed a 6-5 lead in the early going following a lay-in by Sebastian Ferenc (Zgierz, Poland/) at the 14:03 mark. The Bulldogs, however, went on a 10-0 run after S&T got that advantage and built it to double figures with 6:47 to play in the half.
S&T trimmed that lead down to six and later got a three-pointer from Allante Pickens (Chicago, IL/Curie) to knock a 10-point margin down to seven, but Truman was able to build the lead to 16 by halftime and then used an 18-5 run early in the second half to extend the margin to 27.
Missouri S&T had four players in double figures, paced by Ferenc and Chris Harris (Antioch, IL/Lake Forest Academy) with 14 points each. Dulan Scott (Chicago, IL/Farragut Academy) added 11 and Romain Louiserre (La Ferte Alais, France/Fredrick Fays) had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds as the Miners played on even terms on the board with the Bulldogs at 42 apiece.
S&T shot just 32.3 percent in the first half and finished at 40.3 percent for the game.
Truman had four others in double figures besides Thomas, who was one rebound shy of a triple-double in the contest.
The Miners head to the road Saturday to face Drury in a 3 p.m. game in Springfield, Mo.