After dropping a pair of games against Central Missouri and Central Oklahoma in the High Desert Classic just before Christmas, the University of Missouri–St. Louis men’s basketball team regained its footing last week in Great Lakes Valley Conference play. The Tritons knocked off Maryville 70-62 last Wednesday on the road and beat Truman State 81-67 on Saturday at home to improve to even its season record at 7-7, including 5-1 in league play. Sophomore guard Matt Enright averaged 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and five assists in the two games. He had a game-high 19 points against the Saints to lead three UMSL players in double figures as they outscored Maryville 40-29 in the second half. Emanuel Prospere II came off the bench to score 20 points to propel the Tritons past the Bulldogs. He also added seven assists. Forward Troy Glover II had 17 points and 11 rebounds. UMSL outscored Truman State 40-22 in the paint. Coach Bob Sundvold‘s team will play host to McKendree on Saturday in its only game of the week.
The Tritons snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday when they rallied for a 61-60 home victory over Truman State. UMSL trailed 44-41 entering the fourth quarter but took the lead on a pair of free throws by Brooke Woodyard with 4:09 and didn’t relinquish it. Jalysa Stokes scored six of her game-high 27 points in the final three minutes, and the Tritons also got a short jumper from Alex Wolff and a free throw from Morgan Ramthun to hold off Truman State. Stokes also posted season highs of five rebounds, four assists and three steals in the victory. The win was much needed after UMSL dropped games to Purdue Northwest (70-62), Wisconsin–Parkside (88-65) and Maryville (70-53) over winter break with the latter two coming on the road. The Tritons (7-7, 5-3 GLVC) will look to stay in the win column when it plays host to McKendree on Saturday.