NSU 72, Truman St. 56
Bryton Hobbs burned Truman State again.
Hobbs scored 28 points to lead the RiverHawks (16-6, 9-5), who were coming off a 78-66 home loss to Lindenwood on Thursday. It was his shot with 3.2 left that gave NSU a 72-71 win in the Quincy, Ill., holiday tourney on Dec. 19. In that contest, he had a 13-point performance.
His coach, Larry Gipson, saw a better and more patient offense that fell victim to a mentally-tougher Lindenwood team.
“Thursday I thought we got beat by a team that was very tough minded, they were very determined and disciplined and ran their offense until they get what they want out of it. We panicked and shot too quick," the coach said. "Tonight we didn’t shoot to quick. I think we were more patient and ran it well. We shared the ball extremely well, I thought.”
The RiverHawks shot 54.6 percent for the game (25-of-46) and hit half of its 20 3-point attempts as well, while holding the Bulldogs to 37.3 percent (22-of-59) for the game and 27 percent (6-of-22) from beyond the arc.
It was the first MIAA foe the RiverHawks have seen a second time this season.
Jermaine Bransford had 14 points and 10 rebounds, an echo of the double-double he had in the first meeting (23 points, 13 boards). The same three RiverHawks had double figures – Ethan Anderson had 11 points.
“Everybody’s getting in the gym before practice, after practice and getting shots,” Hobbs said. “It was just waiting for us to come out here and get 3s.”
Truman (7-14, 4-9) was led by Seth Jackson and Mike Carlson, both with 13 points against a defense Gipson said was the biggest difference from the first meeting.
“Both of us weren’t very good defensively that night. I think tonight we were very good defensively. I think we took them out of what they wanted to do and denied shots.”
A 19-6 run in the second half put it away. Hobbs began it with a pair of free throws to make it a 47-40 game and his 3 with 5:50 to play had the RiverHawks up by their biggest margin, 64-46.
NSU is home for its next-to-last game at Dobbins on Wednesday against Missouri Southern.