UMSL put together a furious rally from 18 points down in the final 10 minutes Thursday against Great Lakes Valley Conference Central Division-leading Truman State only to come up short in a 79-72 home loss against the Bulldogs. But Coach Bob Sundvold‘s team bounced back quickly with a 87-66 home victory over Quincy on Saturday at the Mark Twain Athletic Center. Senior forward Marty Jackson finished with a career-high 30 points and added 10 rebounds in the victory after scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds in Thursday’s loss. Yaakema Rose Jr. had 18 points to lead the Tritons against Truman State, but they allowed the Bulldogs to shoot 48.9 percent from the field and make 15 of 25 3-pointers (60%). UMSL (12-4, 6-3 GLVC) will head back on the road this week and play Rockhurst on Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri, and William Jewell on Saturday in Liberty, Missouri.
The Tritons suffered their first loss since the season opener and snapped their 10-game winning streak when they fell to Truman State 69-62 Thursday at the Mark Twain Athletic Center. But Coach Katie Vaughn‘s team tried to start a new streak Saturday when it blitzed visiting Quincy 58-37. Senior center Kiara Stewart and senior guard Faye Meissner both average 13.5 points in the two games. Senior forward Alex LaPorta had 12 points and seven rebounds in the victory over Quincy. The Tritons struggled defensively down the stretch against Truman State, allowing the Bulldogs to shoot 7 for 11 from the field in the fourth quarter of the narrow loss. UMSL (11-2, 7-1 GLVC) will visit Rockhurst on Thursday and William Jewell on Saturday.
Men’s and Women’s Swimming
Both swimming teams wrapped up their regular-season schedules last week with a dual meet at McKendree on Saturday and a home meet against Division I Saint Louis University on Senior Day Saturday at the Mark Twain Athletic Center. The men pulled out a 107-104 victory over the Billikens after losing to McKendree on Friday. The women dropped the head-to-head competition in both meets. But both teams turned in some encouraging performances as they head into the postseason. Among the strong showings, Franziska Hauptmann took first place against the Saint Louis University in the women’s 400-yard individual medley. Jon Osa and Ryan Clark finished first and second in the 200 freestyle with Osa clocking a winning time of 1 minute, 45.66 seconds, and Austin Stevenson won the 50 freestyle in 21.29 seconds. Conley Savage won the men’s 400 individual medley in a time of 4:10.22. Both the men’s and women’s swimming teams will begin racing in the GLVC Championships beginning on Feb. 9 in Elkhart, Indiana.