Third straight loss
| Michael Bauer sports editor |
Josh Gibbs and Carl Andrews led the Central Oklahoma Bronchos to an 80-72 victory over the PSU Gorilla men’s basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 8, at John Lance Arena.
Andrews scored 15 points in the second half while Gibbs added 19 points and 11 rebounds.
For the Gorillas, it was their third straight loss and the seventh of their last eight.
Pitt State trailed by as much as 16 before quietly coming within 64-59 with four minutes remaining in the game.
Junior Devon Branch scored 21 points and went 7-14 on field goals while going 7-10 on free throws.
“We did a good job at the end of fighting back into it,” said Kevin Muff, head coach. “Our rotations in our press weren’t good enough in the back row, giving up some easy ones and then on the offensive end, they made free throws down the stretch.”
The Bronchos shot 45 percent from the field and were 73.1 percent on free throws. The Gorillas were 25 of 63 from the field and 14 of 18 on free throws.
“It’s hard to put your finger on one thing for this team,” Muff said. “You can’t point to one thing. I think there’s numerous things that we definitely need to do a better job of.”
The Gorillas led early in the game with 11-6 but that was before Gibbs heated up from 3-point land with a trio of outside shots and Jarred Bairstow was another dangerous player for the Bronchos, scoring 17 points.
Junior Alex Williams finished with only five points but received praise from Muff.
“Alex Williams came in and gave us a great lift off the bench,” Muff said.
Freshman Trevor Gregory put up five points and had six rebounds.
“Devon’s always going to be Devon. He hasn’t had a game yet where he hasn’t shown up to play and I thought in the second half,” Muff said. “he did a nice job on the glass and gave us a good lift in the paint,” Muff said.
The Bronchos (14-7, 8-6 in conference) were dangerous at distributing the basketball, putting up 23 assists on 27 made field goals, with Gibbs leading the way with six assists.
The Gorillas had two players foul out: Branch and senior Terrell Eaddy.
Junior Connor Kjer had four fouls, as did Williams.
“It is what it is. It’s these guys trying to get out of their own way, in some cases where they’ve got to do a better job of being disciplined and producing on both ends of the floor, defensively and offensively,” Muff said.
The Gorillas played their fourth straight game without junior Sam Pugh, who has been out with a concussion.
“I wish he was back,” Muff said. “He has still not passed his concussion test. Until he passes that, I can’t give you a definite date on when he will be back but it’s getting longer and longer.”
Pittsburg State (7-13, 3-10) will embark on a two-week road stretch starting this Thursday, Feb. 13, at Nebraska-Kearney.