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Feb. 26, 2010 –The Truman Men’s Basketball team will head to #2 University of Central Missouri to close out the 2009-10 campaign on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
Both the Bulldogs and Mules are coming off losses to Missouri Western in their last times out. Truman lost 68-55 to the Griffons on Saturday night in Pershing Arena while Central was held to a season low 49 points in a 55-49 loss in St. Joseph on Wednesday.
Marcus Rhodes proved too much for the ‘Dogs on Saturday as the Griffon forward went for 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting.
Vesko Filchev shook off a slow start and scored 15 points on 7-of-14 from the floor. Filchev missed his first four shots and finished 2-of-7 in the first half before scoring 11 in the final 20 minutes.
Filchev heads into the final game of the season as the Bulldogs leading scorer at 11.5 points per game. Stefan Garrison (11.0), Alex Henderson (10.7) and Tom Norton (10.6) follow Filchev and are separated by just 10 points this season.
Ethan Freeman leads the team in rebounding at 8.5 per game and is second on the team with 63 assists.
The Mules clinched the MIAA Championship and the top seed in the upcoming postseason tournament last week but are vying for the top spot for the NCAA Division II South Central Regional tournament.
Central is currently number one in the regional poll but their loss to Missouri Western will have #2 Midwestern State nipping at their heels.
Rhodes and Dominique Thuston each scored 14 points in the 55-49 victory over Central Wednesday night. The Griffons held the Mules to just 29% shooting on the night.
Sanijay Watts, the MIAA’s leading scorer and rebounder, turned in a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Watts averages a double-double with 21.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
In the first meeting between the Bulldogs and Mules, Central scored 10 straight to break open a rather tight defensive affair in Pershing Arena and went on to win 75-60 on Jan. 20th.
The Bulldogs trailed by just four and had the ball with 10 minutes to play but a strong three-pointer hit off the back iron, was corralled by the Mules. Bryce Brunz then buried a deep three-pointer at the other end to spark the 10-0 run over the next five minutes to put the game out of reach.
Watts led all scorers with 22 points while Filchev and Freeman led the Bulldogs with 12 apiece.
TAYLOR TO END BULLDOG CAREER:
The team’s lone senior is Matt Taylor who has been a two-sport star for the Bulldogs the past five years.
Taylor has played in 62 games over the past five years (he received a medical redshirt after playing three during the 07-08 season) scoring 90 points and dishing out 37 assists. This season has been his most productive as he has averaged 12.7 minutes per game and has career highs in field goals made (12), rebounds (30), assists (20) and steals (9).
As a member of the men’s soccer team, Taylor played in 65 matches with nine goals and five assists for 23 points. He had two game-winning goals this season and three for his career. Taylor had five goals and three assists as a sophomore before becoming a dominate backfield defensive force.
BULLDOGS IN CONFERENCE ROAD GAMES:
Truman is 1-8 in MIAA road games this season and has lost their last three games.
The Bulldogs are scoring 65.9 points per game but allowing 78.0.
Truman is shooting 42% from the field and 37% from beyond the arc while opponents are shooting 45% and 32% from three.
Stefan Garrison leads the Bulldogs with a 13.0 points per MIAA road game mark with Alex Henderson (11.3), Tom Norton (11.0) and Vesko Filchev (11.) separated by three points.
TRUMAN PLAYERS IN MIAA RANKINGS:
Five Bulldogs are ranked in the MIAA individual rankings this week.
Alex Henderson leads the team with four mentions in various categories. Henderson is tenth in assists (3.8), seventh in three-point field goal percentage (41%), 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and first in minutes played (32.9).
Vesko Filchev is in three stat categories. Flichev is seventh in rebounds, (6.9), seventh in defensive rebounds (5.1) and fifth in blocks (1.0).
Ethan Freeman is tied for second in the conference rebounding race at 8.8 per game and third in defensive boards (7.0).
Tom Norton is third in three-pointer per game at 2.4.
Stefan Garrison is 10th in minutes played at 31.0.
In conference only games, Freeman is second in the league at 10.1 rebounds and first in defensive rebounds at 8.4 per contest.
NORTON MAKING CASE OF FRESHMAN AWARD:
Freshman Tom Norton is one of two leading candidates for the conference Freshman of the Year award.
Norton has started 25 of the26 games played this year with two 20 point nights (against Missouri Southern and Quincy). He is fourth on the team in scoring at 10.6 points per game while shooting 38% (64-of-168) from beyond the arc.
He is currently third in three-pointers made in a season by a Bulldog freshman with his 61. Mark Huppe (2001-02) holds the Truman freshman mark with 92 with Elvind Gronli (1988-89) knocking down 73.
Norton made 31 consecutive free throw attempts to break the Bulldog record of 30 held by Cory Parker and Chip Sodemann.
Truman’s last Freshman of the Year winner was Grant Agbo following the 2003-04 season in which he averaged 12.6 points per game.
HENDERSON EARNS ACADEMIC RECOGNTION:
Junior guard Alex Henderson was selected as a first team all-District selection for the ESPN the Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America all-Academic team. Henderson is third on the team in scoring (10.8) and is tops in assists this year (92).
Banks Estridge (115) and Andy Calmes (100) were the last Bulldogs to go over the century mark in single-season assists with both dishing out 100 or more during the 2006-07 season.
Henderson (Willard, Mo./Willard) has had a breakout year for the Bulldogs as he is shooting 41% from three-point range and has already eclipsed his career point total from last year (219) with 269 scored this season.
He has started all 25 games this season and has been the Bulldog leading scorer in six games.
He was the only MIAA player selected to any all-District team.
Henderson is the first Truman Men’s Basketball player since Matt Beran in 2004 to earn first-team all-District accolades.
- Vesko Filchev has the highest single-game point total through 26 games. Filchev scored a career high with 21 points in Truman’s loss to Missouri-St. Louis on Nov. 24th. Tom Norton is the only other Bulldog to top 20 in a game this season with 20 in losses against Quincy University on Dec. 19th and Missouri Southern on Jan. 23rd.
- Ethan Freeman and Filchev lead the team with six double-doubles this season. The last triple-double in Truman history was by Brian Vandehey against Emporia State back on Jan. 7, 1995 (13p, 10r, 10a).
- Freeman has the single-game high in rebounds with 17 against Southwest Baptist on Dec. 30th.
- Alex Henderson and Stefan Garrison are the only two Bulldogs to start every game this season. Tom Norton have started 25 while Vesko Filchev (24) and Ethan Freeman has started 21. Mark Misiewicz (4), Andrew James (1), Matt Taylor (1) and David Scott (1) are the other Bulldogs to have started a game this season.
- Truman starters have averaged 29.9 minutes per game with Henderson and Garrison being among the league leaders in minutes played. Junior Mark Misiewicz is the top Bulldog coming off the bench along with senior Matt Taylor. Misiewicz averages 12.3 minutes per game and is third on the team in three-pointers with 26 while Taylor averages 12.7 minutes.
- Truman has averaged 65.5 points per game and 63.6 in 19 MIAA games played. The team has allowed 75.2 points overall and 73.7 points in league games.
- The Bulldogs have shot below 40% from the field eight times this season while shooting above 50% four times (Culver-Stockton, Hannibal-LaGrange, Emporia State and Northwest Missouri). The highest single-game shooting this season was against the Hannibal-LaGrange Trojans (50.8%), while the lowest single-game shooting at 30.0% against Fort Hays State (Jan. 2).
- Alex Henderson leads the team with 93 assists while Tom Norton has the team lead with 27 steals. Filchev tops the team with 31 blocked shots.
- The largest deficit overcome by the Bulldogs was 11 points against Pittsburg State while Truman’s largest lead lost was 15 points against Missouri Western on Jan. 13th.
The MIAA Postseason tournament will begin next Friday in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium. The top eight team’s during the regular season qualify for the conference tournament and a chance at the league’s automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division II South Central Regional tournament.
Prior to the tournament, the league’s all-conference team will be announced.