Kansas City bound
Bullard leads Gorillas past Bulldogs
Tyler Smith | sports reporter
The Gorillas scored seven points in the final 17 seconds of the Monday, March 4, play-in game to come away with the win against the Truman State Bulldogs.
With the win, the Gorillas punched their ticket to the MIAA Tournament in Kansas City, Mo.
Losing early on, the Bulldogs came back strong with a 23-9 run to gain the lead with just over eight minutes left to play.
Senior forward Rico Pierrevilus drained a three-pointer with only 17 seconds left to play to put the Gorillas up by four.
With only 11 seconds remaining, the Bulldogs pushed the ball down the court in an attempt to come back, but PSU forced back-to-back turnovers. Adding insult to injury, the Gorillas’ senior JaVon McGee and freshman Jake Bullard turned both Bulldog mistakes into dunks.
On the big three-pointer from Pierrevilus, freshman guard Kaleb Porter says they executed the game plan perfectly, and needed to push the pace.
“Coach just told us push it in transition,” Porter said. “And if we can score, just score.”
Bullard says he simply wanted to put the game away with his endgame dunk and erase any doubt of his team missing the trip to Kansas City.
“C. Rock wanted me to pass it to him,” Bullard said. “But man, I got this. I’m putting this away, I ain’t messing this up.”
Head coach Kevin Muff’s team made it to the championship game last season as a seven seed and he has higher goals for his team this year.
“It’s an opportunity for us to take another step towards our ultimate goal of getting to the national tournament,” Muff said. “We got to Kansas City, and that’s part of the process.”
The next round in the MIAA postseason tournament is against Central Missouri. The second round starts this Thursday, March 7, at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
Women’s season over
Tyler Smith | sports reporter
The women’s basketball team’s season is over after a first-round loss in the MIAA postseason tournament.
The Pitt State women’s basketball team competed Tuesday, March 5, against the Missouri Western Griffons.
The Gorillas found thems
elves down by as many as 18 points in the game but eventually tied things up midway through the second half after a 10-0 run.
Sophomore Lizzy Jeronimus scored a layup with 1:33 to go to give Pitt State its first lead of the entire game.
Everything seemed to be going the Gorillas’ way until two big three-point shots from Western’s Brittany Griswold put the Griffons back on top, to eventually get the win.
Head Coach Lane Lord says that despite the loss, he was most proud of his team for not giving up and playing hard until the bitter end.
“Well, we dug the big hole, we showed a lot of character, a lot of courage and came all the way back,” Lord said. “It’s been a crazy year, a lot of ups and downs, I’m proud of our group.”
Lord said he thought that his team had finally gained the upper hand once Jeronimus made the big layup to put his team ahead. It seemed that it was just a matter of time before the Gorillas would be victorious.
“No questions, I thought once we took the lead, we had the momentum, we had the crowd,” Lord said. “We had everything going in our favor, but (Griswold) hit the big shot.”
Although the first-round exit was a disappointment for the team, it showed many positives to look forward to for the 2013-2014 season.
“We had a five-game winning streak with the players we had,” Lord said. “It was a young team that will get better if they want to and will have chance to be real successful again.”