Men Return Home to Take on Ichabods
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KIRKSVILLE - - The Truman men’s basketball team returns to Pershing Arena this Saturday in search of its first MIAA win, and the Bulldogs will look to snap an overall four-game losing streak against Washburn (Kan.) at 3:00 pm.
The Bulldogs (2-5, 0-3 MIAA) have struggled out of the gate in conference play, having given up more than 95 points per game to three of the league’s top teams in Missouri Southern (3-0 MIAA), Pittsburg State (2-1 MIAA) and Southwest Baptist (3-0 MIAA).
But with a 22-game conference schedule, there are plenty of chances to build momentum, which the ‘Dogs will try to do against the WU Ichabods (5-2, 2-1 MIAA) on Saturday afternoon. Washburn will be hitting the road for the first time in MIAA play this weekend after picking up wins against Nebraska-Omaha and Northwest Missouri to start conference action in front of Wednesday night’s loss to No. 6 Fort Hays State.
Saturday afternoon will mark the 54th all-time meeting between the Bulldogs and Ichabods, with WU holding a 38-15 edge. Washburn swept last year’s season series and has won the last seven meetings dating back to a 60-45 Bulldog win in Kirksville on Jan. 13, 2007.
Under head coach Jack Schrader (since 1995), the Bulldogs are 8-23 against Washburn but have gone 6-8 in Kirksville. Schrader won his first four home games against the Ichabods from 1996-1999, then picked up back-to-back home wins in the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
The Bulldogs are led offensively by senior guard Alex Henderson (16.0 ppg), who continues to produce by having reached double-figures in all seven of Truman’s games this season. Fellow senior Ethan Freeman (11.1 ppg, 9.6 rpg) and sophomore sniper Tom Norton (10.4 ppg) are also in double-figures for the Bulldogs.
Schrader has been running a variety of combinations on the court, as only three players average more than 20 minutes per game with seven above the 15 minute per game mark.
104.7 FM KRES is the official radio home of Truman football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. Brad Boyer and Hank Janssen will provide coverage throughout the season of Truman basketball on the Moberly-based station.
KRES broadcasts its sports coverage online at centralmoinfo.com. Fans can also watch MIAA games on their computer this season through AmericaOne/B2 Networks for a fee.
Live stats for all Bulldog games throughout the season will be made available via links on the men’s basketball schedule page at TrumanBulldogs.com.
The Bulldogs will be off during the week for finals but return to action next Saturday night when they host Emporia State in the final game before the Christmas holiday. Tipoff with the Hornets is set for 7:30 pm in Pershing Arena.