Basketball splits on road
Gorilla women win ninth straight, 63-46
Michael Bauer sports editor |
The Pittsburg State women extended their winning streak to nine with a 63-46 victory over Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Okla., on Wednesday, Feb. 19.
Sophomore Cathy Brugman led the scoring with 13 points while junior Lizzy Jeronimus finished with 12, as did junior Antqunita Reed.
“We told the girls before the game that we were going to play everybody, but we wanted to go in and out and I think we wore them out,” said Lane Lord, head coach in his post-game interview with KKOW 860 AM. “We just did a good job with the pressure.”
PSU shot 25 of 57 on field goals for 43.9 percent while NSU shot only 35.6 percent. Both teams made four 3-pointers and the Gorillas were 69.2 percent when shooting at the line.
At one point, Pitt State had a 21-point lead. The Gorillas took a 38-24 halftime lead and kept up the momentum in the second half.
Chelsey Beathard was the Riverhawks’ leading scorer with 14.
Carrington Fox had 11 and Che’Ron Lewis put up seven.
“Our bench is so good and we’ve got a lot of good players from the bench,” Lord said. “I thought Reed did a good job and Lizzy’s a good player, she doesn’t care that she didn’t have all the points and Cathy’s got a chance to be an all-conference player.”
Pittsburg State will next take on rivals Missouri Southern State in Joplin, Mo. for a 1:30 p.m. tip-off time Saturday, Feb. 22.
Hobbs’ buzzer-beater breaks 61-60
| Michael Bauer sports editor |
Bryton Hobbs’ last second 3-pointer broke the Gorillas’ hearts.
Trailing by two with 10 seconds left in the game, the Northeastern State Riverhawks brought the ball down the court for the final shot and Hobbs’ game-winning outside shot continued the Gorilla men’s basketball team’s losing streak with their sixth-straight defeat, 61-60.
Hobbs ended the night with 22 points and was 8-18 on field goals for 44.4 percent.
“That’s what he’s known for, he’s done that to other teams,” said Kevin Muff, head coach. “It put a dagger in our hearts. I’m proud of our efforts, but for whatever reason we cannot win these close ones but I’m still proud of our guys.”
The Gorillas led most of the night, leading 28-27 at the half before giving up the 3-pointer at the final horn.
Sophomore Jake Bullard led PSU in scoring with 14 points. PSU shot 44.6 percent on field goals while NSU went 41.8 percent. NSU went 7-8 from the line while PSU were 3-3.
A 3-pointer by senior Ethan Cordray with 9:07 left gave the Gorillas a 47-41 lead in the second half.
Junior Connor Kjer scored a lay-up off a steal and PSU was ahead by five with 2:00 remaining.
But Landon DeMasters’ jumper, along with a free throw, made it 60-58.
However, with 31 seconds left, junior Devon Branch turned the ball over and the Gorillas went to a man-to-man defense.
“These guys will fight. There’s no quit in this team. I don’t know how they’ll respond to this,” Muff said. “There’s a lot of positives to take from this and there’s no reason that we can’t make a run down the stretch here.”