Kevin White, Director of Athletics Communication
NASSAU, Bahamas – Outside from a tie at the end of the first quarter at 22-22, the Truman State University men’s basketball team dominated Star Sports Basketball to the tune of 102-76 in the opener of its 2018 Bahamas trip. After that fourth and final deadlock, the Bulldogs outscored their opponent by 26 the rest of the way, 80-54.
Tanner Zeil led all scorers with 21 points and was one of six scorers in double figures for the Purple and White along with Jacob Socha (14), Turner Scott (14), Collin Hill (14), Brodric Thomas (12), and Taurin Hughes (11). Hill was the rebounding leader with eight, Socha and Scott each had six assists, Hughes pulled in three steals, and Cade McKnight stuffed two shot attempts.
Aside from four ties and three leads for Star Sports Basketball at 4-3, 6-5 and 8-7, Truman led for the entirety of the first quarter before it ended in a 22-22 tie. The Bulldogs found their legs a bit in the second period and outscored their opponent by 14, 31-17, to head into the intermission with a 53-39 advantage.
The Purple and White continued to pull away in the third and that was due in large part to the play of Zeil. The 6-7 big man scored 16 of his game-high 21 points, Truman outscored Star Sports Basketball 31-20 in the stanza and led by 25, 84-59, heading into the final quarter. Truman won the fourth by one, 18-17, but did plenty enough before that to cruise to the 26-point victory.
The Bulldogs will play again on Wednesday and Thursday with the tip set for 7:00 eastern time on both nights.