The Truman men’s basketball team became just the sixth team in program history to reach the 20-win mark and the first since the 2005-06 season. The Bulldogs finished with an overall record of 20-7 and reached the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament as the No. 5 overall seed.
Truman got off to a fast 7-0 start, scoring wins against longtime MIAA rival Northwest Missouri and its GLVC-opener against Quincy. After a brief hiccup at the start of the 2014 calendar, the Bulldogs rattled off seven straight GLVC wins—including a heart-stopping 109-105 overtime home win against Missouri S&T—before going 2-1 against a daunting three-game slate of top-25 squads Drury, Southern Indiana and Bellarmine. The ’Dogs then won three of five to close the regular season before getting upset in the GLVC first round by Illinois Springfield.
The squad earned high praise on an individual level, as senior Mike Carlson was named the GLVC’s co-Player of the Year, while juniors Seth Jackson and Reed Mells each earned second-team All-GLVC nods. Carlson eventually picked up first-team all-region honors by both Daktronics and the NABC before becoming only the sixth All-American in program history.
Head coach Matt Woodley’s squad loses just two seniors (Carlson and Marek Bush) and will return 14 squad members for the 2014-15 season.
A trio of Bulldogs were recognized as the Outstanding Senior Student-Athletes by the Truman Athletics Department following the 2013-14 school year. Kelsey Bollman (softball), Casey Jepsen (women’s swimming) and Mike Carlson (men’s basketball) are this year’s recipients.
Bollman finished her Truman career as a four-time all-conference member and is listed in the top five of several softball offensive stat categories. She broke the school record with 58 career doubles while placing fourth in runs scored (140), hits (233), home runs (22) and RBIs (124) in her 200 games played. Bollman and the Bulldogs finished the 2014 season with 43-13 record and made their first trip in nine years to the NCAA national tournament.
Women’s swimmer Casey Jepsen earned three All-America honors this past March and capped off her Bulldog career with a total of nine All-America certificates. She finished 10th nationally in the 200 freestyle and was 11th in the 500 free. Jepsen had a runner-up finish at the GLVC championships in the 200 and was third in the 100 while helping the Bulldogs to a second place finish in the overall conference standings.
Men’s basketball player Mike Carlson was named the sixth All-American in program history and earned Great Lakes Valley Conference co-Player of the Year honors while leading the men to 20-7 overall record and 13-5 GLVC mark. He averaged 21.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a senior and shot 54.4 percent from the floor. He scored 575 points this season, marking the second-highest single-season total in Truman history, and finished his three seasons as a Bulldog ranked eighth in career points with 1,326 total in 82 career games (16.2 per game). Carlson scored a career- and program- single-game high 48 points against Missouri S&T on Jan. 30, 2014.