Gerald Burditt – Men’s Basketball


Burditt was the second leading scorer for a Bulldog team that captured the MIAA championship and advanced to the NCAA small college quarterfinals in 1959-60.  Burditt earned first-team all-MIAA honors averaging 15.1 points per game. 

The Bulldogs won the conference championship that season and won 13 of their last 14 games after starting the season with a 4-3 record. 

Kirksville and Pershing Arena were selected as the host for the NCAA Southwest Regional, in which Truman defeated Abilene Christian 79-76 in the finals.  Burditt had 21 points in the game as the Bulldogs rallied from a six-point deficit midway through the second half. 

The Bulldogs lost to Cornell (Iowa) 83-81 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in Evansville, Ind..

Burditt was previously a two-time second team MIAA pick under Head Coach Boyd King and was named to the “Who’s Who in Small College Basketball” following the 59-60 season.