Limitless: What’s next for Pitt State ballers

Tim Spears | reporter Courtney Ingram may have never thought that one belief could potentially send him halfway around the world. But that is exactly what he along with three other senior Gorillas could be doing following graduation. Ingram, senior in physical education, has played for Pittsburg State men’s basketball team the since transferring from Drury University in 2010. Four years of collegiate basketball in the Midwest, and one conviction, could completely change his life after graduation. “I do believe that I can play professional basketball,” Ingram said about making the choice of whether to pursue a traditional career path after graduation or trying to generate a living off the game that’s defined much of…

Program continues to move forward

Michael Bauer | reporter The Pittsburg State Gorillas may have been unable to duplicate last year’s run to the MIAA Tournament championship, but they still managed to finish with an 18-10 record, fewer losses than the previous season, in the highly competitive MIAA. The Gorillas fell to the second seeded Central Missouri Mules, 69-63, in the quarterfinals to end their season. The Mules went on to win the championship. Head coach Kevin Muff says he was still pleased with the overall season, which included injuries to key players such as last year’s leading scorer, Javon McGee. “We had a good year,” Muff said. “If you look at the final record it was 18-10, which was…

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…

Road to the show

Garett McCullough | sports editor The Pittsburg State men’s basketball team is just three wins from being crowned champions of the MIAA, which will earn them an NCAA tournament berth. Getting to the championship game looks to be more difficult than the actual game. In the first game, the Gorillas will face the No. 2 seed University of Central Missouri Mules, who beat the Gorillas, 70-63, on Jan. 12. If the Gorillas make it past the Mules and all else goes according to plan, the Gorillas will face the Ichabods of Washburn. The Ichabods also defeated the Gorillas in the regular season, 67-51, on Feb. 2. However, both of those losses were on-the-road games for…

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Four Gorillas reach double digits, take down rival Lions     Tyler Smith | reporter The Pitt State men’s basketball team ended a two-game losing streak on Wednesday, Feb. 27 with a nail-biter against MIAA conference rival, Missouri Southern State University. PSU won the game 94-91, and managed to survive a huge 59-point second half from the Missouri Southern Lions with the help of a 49-point first half of its own. The Gorillas were up by as many as 19 points in the first half and were never behind at any point in the game. Missouri Southern climbed within one point late in the second half before Pitt State’s Kaleb Porter made a layup and…

Men search for consistency

Tyler Smith | reporter The Pitt State men’s basketball team continued its win one, lose one trend, knocking off the Truman State Bulldogs on Wednesday, Feb. 6, with a score of 79-75. The Gorillas then lost a heartbreaker to Southwest Baptist, 81-75. Against the Bulldogs, Pitt State went on a 13-3 run after finding itself down by seven points in the second half to gain the lead. Despite a valiant effort from Truman State, the Gorillas made 16 off 28 shots in the second half to come out with the victory. Also, this past Saturday, Pitt State faced a strong-willed SBU Bearcat squad that fought to the bitter end. Despite being down 22 points at…