Kevin White, Director of Athletics Communication
NASSAU, Bahamas – After giving up 76 points in the opener on Tuesday, the Truman State University men’s basketball team turned up the defensive pressure 24 hours later. In the process, the Bulldogs made quick work of IBA Elite, 90-43, to improve to 2-0 on the 2018 Bahamas Tour.
Cade McKnight broke out in a big way with a game-high 18 points and was one rebound shy of the double-double. The redshirt freshman was just one of four Bulldogs to reach the 10-point plateau along with Brodric Thomas (14), Tanner Zeil (14) and and Collin Hill (10). The other stat leaders included Taurin Hughes with nine assists and Thomas with both eight steals and two blocked shots.
After one quarter of play on Wednesday, Truman had scored just as many points as game one with 22, but held IBA Elite to only 11. Zeil charged up the offense with eight of those 22 points and defensively, the Bulldogs held their opponent to just 28.6 percent (4-of-14) shooting from the field including 0-for-5 from behind the arc.
The Purple and White proceeded to crank up the defense even more in the second period and held IBA Elite to seven points while scoring 17 of their own for a halftime lead of 21, 39-18. As for the third and fourth frames, it was much of the same for Truman as it won the half by 26, 51-25.
Truman will play its third and final game of the week on Friday against the NPBA All Stars with tip set for 7 p.m. eastern time.