Truman Stuns Loper Men|
Truman State senior guard Tom Norton hit a three pointer with seven seconds left to help the Bulldogs stun Nebraska-Kearney, 80-79, Thursday night in Kirksville, Mo.
Truman, who leaves the MIAA after this season, improves to 7-10 (4-5) while the Lopers fall to 5-12 (2-7).
Kearney seemingly had things sewn up after sophomore Pierre Newton (Laveen, Ariz.) sunk two free throws with 28 seconds left to make it a 79-74 game.
However, Trumanís 6-9, 200 lbs. junior post Mike Carlson followed with a three point play 13 seconds later. Junior reserve guard Taylor Shipley (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) then missed two free throws with 13 seconds left, setting up Carlsonís winning bucket.
The Lopers had a chance to win but junior post Mike Dentlinger (Millard North) missed a jumper with a second left.
In a game in which neither team held a lead bigger than eight points, Norton finished with 27 points on 9 of 19 shooting. All nine of his made buckets came from the three point line (9 of 18).
Carlson (22 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks, four assists and four steals) and reserve guard Isaac Gardner (12 points) also had big efforts for Truman, which finished the night a ridiculous 15 of 35 from behind the arc.
Four of the Lopers starters were in double figures, led by senior Jon Henderson (Salt Lake City, Utah) with 17. He made 5 of 10 shots (2 of 4 threes) and sunk all five free throws he attempted. Finally, Kearney sophomore forward Tyler Shields (11 points and nine reobunds) fell a rebound short of his third straight double double.
UNK is at Southwest Baptist Saturday afternoon.