KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Missouri S&T led for much of the first half and trailed by just two at halftime Thursday night at Truman State, but were done in by a three-point barrage by the Bulldogs in the second half and ended up on the losing end of a 101-66 Great Lakes Valley Conference contest at Pershing Arena.
Truman (7-5, 2-1 GLVC) made 59 percent of its shots in the second half, including 13 shots from beyond the arc as it outscored the Miners (2-9, 0-3 GLVC) 64-31 over the final 20 minutes.
The Miners led for much of the first half, building as much as an eight-point advantage following a lay-up by Dulan Scott (Chicago, IL/Farragut Academy) with 9:28 remaining in the half. A 9-0 Truman run – all coming on three-point baskets – gave the lead back to the Bulldogs, then the teams went back-and-forth over the balance of the final six minutes.
S&T regained a five-point lead after a steal and subsequent three-point play by Dulan Scott (Chicago, IL/Farragut Academy), but the Bulldogs scored the final seven points of the half to take a 37-35 lead to halftime.
Truman scored the first five points of the second half to up its lead to seven, but the Miners had the lead down to five following a basket by Romain Louiserre (La Ferte Alais, France/Fredrick Fays) at the 14:06 mark. But two possessions later, the Bulldogs had the lead into double figures, then broke the game open – thanks in part by eight straight points by Taurin Hughes – to continue extending its lead.
Louiserre led four Miners in double figures with 18 points, while Sebastian Ferenc(Zgierz, Poland/) scored 15 points and Chris Harris (Antioch, IL/Lake Forest Academy)tallied 14. Dulan Scott (Chicago, IL/Farragut Academy) was the fourth Miner in double figures with 10 points, as S&T shot 41.8 percent for the game.
Jake Velky had 19 points and Nathan Messer added 18 for the Bulldogs, who had six players in double figures.
Missouri S&T will host Wisconsin-Parkside Saturday at Billy Key Court at 3 p.m.