Freshman breaks school record in win
Zach Large received some neat stuff for Chrismas.
And although four days late, the final gift was the greatest.
The 6-foot-3 freshman set a school record with eight 3-pointers in Truman’s 77-62 Nelson Division consolation victory over Staley in the Bank Midwest William Jewell Holiday Tournament Monday.
Truman meets Kansas City Central at 2 p.m. today for fifth place. Central stopped St. Pius X 67-56 Monday.
“My teammates were looking for me,” Large said.
And he responded, hitting 8 of 13 shots in breaking the former school record of seven set by Edriss Floyd and Beau Wofford in 2003. He just missed tying the Jewell tournament record of nine set by another freshman, William Chrisman’s Justin Clark in 2005.
All of Large’s eight treys were jump shots from near the left corner
“It seems easier from the corner,” he said. “With the jump shot you get if off easier. It’s hard to get a set off with the defense coming at you. The defense normally expects you to shoot straight on.”
He knew it would be a special day when he hit his first 3-point attempt.
“I felt it,” he said.
However, he couldn’t explain how he missed two layups.
Truman coach Billy Guinnee wasn’t surprised by Large’s performance.
“It was a matter of time,” he said. “I am surprised when he misses. He likes the corner. But to me that is a tough shot.”
Large hit five treys as Truman (6-3) bolted to a safe 38-20 halftme lead.
An 11-0 run extended Truman’s lead to 25 points, 51-26, with 3:32 remaining in the third quarter.
A Staley team with no seniors battled back behind Joey Quigley ad Sam Anderson to trim the final margin to 15.
“We had a lot better energy,” Guinnee said. “We still didn’t block out. We executed a whole lot better.”
With the 6-8 Quigley pulling down 15, Staley led 33-30 in rebounds. Truman, though, hit 31 of 54 shots, including 11 of 19 treys in rebounding from a subpar performance in a 70-55 loss to O’Hara Saturday night.
Guinnee cleared his 14 player bench with 11 scoring, including starting sophomore guard J.T. Skoch.
“I am just a role player,” he said. “I would rather have my teammates score just as we come away with the win.”
Antonio Winn added 12 points and Brandon Richards 11 to the Truman attack. Tyler Sevy was the top rebounder with seven.
Quigley totaled 21 points, Anderson 17 and Ross Sharp 15 for the Falcons.