Hornets outlast Gorillas’ effort
Tyler Smith | reporter
The Pitt State men’s basketball team traveled to Emporia State University to face off against the Hornets as it continues its march toward the MIAA tournament.
Although it led for much of the first half, Pitt State lost a close one, 88-82.
The Gorillas couldn’t fend off the momentum swing that Emporia took in the second half, they allowed the Hornets to shoot 63 percent while also allowing five of seven three-pointers.
The first half saw the Hornets lead for the first seven minutes before freshman Kaleb Porter made a three-point jumper to give the Gorillas a one-point lead.
PSU controlled the rest of the first half with a healthy lead until Emporia cut the deficit to three heading into halftime.
In the second half, the Hornets fired back, keeping things close and taking the lead one minute in, on a Chris Sight two-point jumper.
The teams traded leads a few times until the 10-minute mark when Emporia went up by nine off a Terrence Moore dunk.
Although the Gorillas got within one late in the half they could not find a way to get the win as the Hornets hung on in the last few minutes for the victory.
Porter shot seven for 14 and earned 21 points total to top things off for PSU while also gaining seven assists. Senior forward JaVon McGee, fresh off injury, scored 20 points and nailed all of his free throw.
Currently, Pitt State is in the eighth-place spot in the MIAA men’s basketball standings and is still in position to make the MIAA tournament in Kansas City, Mo., but will need a little help after dropping this matchup against Emporia.
Next up for the Gorillas is another MIAA matchup against Central Oklahoma University in Edmond this Saturday, Feb. 23.