A 21-point halftime deficit was too steep of a hill to climb.

Still, James Hosey and Tyler Sevy tried their best to rally Truman to a fifth-place consolation victory Tuesday.

A 21-point halftime deficit was too steep of a hill to climb.
Still, James Hosey and Tyler Sevy tried their best to rally Truman to a fifth-place consolation victory Tuesday in the Nelson Division of the Bank Midwest/William Jewell Holiday Classic.
But when a fast-paced and foul-filled game ended, Kansas City Central left the Patriots on the wrong end of an 88-80 decision.
Hosey fired in 26 points, including 22 in the second half. Sevy set career-highs in points and rebounds with 20 and 12, respectively.
Truman coach Billy Guinnee appreciated the comeback from a 42-21 deficit to within six with 17.6 seconds remaining.
“It’s still a loss,” Guinnee said. “We looked like two different teams. We were tentative and not confident in the first half. I was happy with the comeback but not happy to be in that position. They are a good team and have some athletes.”
Central decided the outcome by outscoring the Patriots 26-9 in the second quarter, including a 15-0 run during a three-minute stretch.
“I wish I could have done better,” Sevy said. “In the first half we had no intensity, no defense, no rhythm, no teamwork. We looked like we were scared.”
Each team had 28 field goals. But Central hit 29 of 40 free throws. In a desperate attempt to get back into the game, Truman fouled 30 times. Four players fouled out. The fourth quarter was a constant trip to the foul stripe for Central.
Still, Truman battled back with one of the highest scoring halves and quarters in school history, scoring 24 points in third quarter and 35 more in the fourth,
The quick Hosey scored 17 points in the final quarter.
“You have to play like that from the jump (to begin the game),” Hosey said of the comeback. “We didn’t have any intensity in the first half.”
Truman sliced Central’s lead to 59-45 after three quarters and then to six. The Patriots were buoyed by solving Central’s full-court press for many easy layups.
But Truman (6-4) couldn’t make up the difference and went 1-2 in the tournament for the first time since 2002.
Antonio Winn added 11 points and Zach Large had 10 for the Patriots, which hit 28 of 63 shots from the field and 23 of 30 free throws and held a 36-35 advantage on the boards with only 11 turnovers.