Quantcast

Gorillas Earn Hard Fought Road Victory - KOAM TV 7

Courtesy: PSU Sports Information

Gorillas Earn Hard Fought Road Victory

Updated:

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - The Gorillas (11-7, 7-4) used a strong run at the end of the first half, then traded buckets for most of the second half on the way to a 69-67 victory over Missouri Western. Pittsburg State was down by as many as eight before taking the lead late in the first half and never giving it up.

JaVon McGee caught the ball at the top of the key, drove to his left and threw down a one handed slam that gave the Gorillas a 63-58 lead with 3:48 left in the contest. A three with 1:45 left by Tuluka Mfumupembe tied the game at 65-65. Two made free throws by Deionta Mitchell gave Missouri Western a two point advantage with 28 ticks left on the clock. Sam Pugh hit a deep three from the corner to give the Gorillas a 68-67 lead with 15 seconds left. On the ensuing possession, Pittsburg State forced a turnover and a Western foul sent Andra Bailey to the line with 2.5 seconds remaining. Bailey's first attempt rimmed out, but his second found nothing but nylon giving PSU a 69-67 advantage. Pittsburg State stole the full court inbound pass as time expired, giving them the victory.  

McGee, Bailey, and Courtney Ingram all scored in double figures for the Gorillas. McGee and Bailey tied for a team high 19 points while adding seven and six rebounds, respectively. Ingram chipped in 10 points and Rico PierreVilus added seven points off the bench for Pitt State.

The Gorillas took their first lead of the contest after a free throw put back by PierreVilus with 3:21 left in the first half. A turnover by the Griffins on the next possession led to a Bailey three that gave Pittsburg State a 29-24 advantage. A deep three as time expired gave PSU a 36-26 lead at the half.

For the game PSU shot .448 (26-58) from the field overall, .250 (5-20) from three point territory and .500 (12-24) from the free throw line. The Pitt State barely out-rebounded Missouri Western 32-31. Seventeen of the Gorillas rebounds came off the offensive glass. PSU recorded 14 steals as a team including five from Marky Nolen.

James Harris led MWSU with 21 points, Lavonte Douglass added 15, and T.J Johnson chipped in with 12 to pace the Griffons scoring attack.

The Gorillas have a home contest against Truman on Wednesday (Jan. 25) at 7:30 p.m. before heading to Warrensburg, Mo. to take on Central Missouri on Saturday (Jan. 28) at 3:30 p.m. (CST). Wednesday the Gorilla coaches and staff will be taking part in the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers promotion. The Pitt State coaches encourage all fans to come dressed to impress in suits and skirts along with their favorite sneakers.

  • Top Sports Stories in the 4-StatesTop Sports HeadlinesMore>>

  • Oklahoma State no longer faces APR restrictions

    Oklahoma State no longer faces APR restrictions

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:42:22 GMT
    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - NCAA officials say Oklahoma State's football program no longer faces restrictions for the upcoming school year because its Academic Progress Rate has been amended.OSU says that earlier this summer, officials discovered the recent graduation of a student-athlete from the 1990s, which resulted in the addition of a delayed graduation point and pushed the Cowboys above the threshold for restrictions.When the NCAA released its APR data in May, OSU football had an average s...More >>
    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - NCAA officials say Oklahoma State's football program no longer faces restrictions for the upcoming school year because its Academic Progress Rate has been amended.OSU says that earlier this summer, officials discovered the recent graduation of a student-athlete from the 1990s, which resulted in the addition of a delayed graduation point and pushed the Cowboys above the threshold for restrictions.When the NCAA released its APR data in May, OSU football had an average s...More >>
  • OU adds 2 to wrestling coaching staff

    OU adds 2 to wrestling coaching staff

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:18:33 GMT
    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma is adding two of the school's former athletes and NCAA champions to its wrestling coaching staff.Wrestling coach Mark Cody announced Tuesday that Andrew Howe has been hired as an assistant coach, while Kendric Maple will serve as a volunteer assistant coach.Howe is a four-time All-American, while Maple earned three All-American honors. The pair joins assistant coach Michael Lightner, who is also an NCAA champion and four-time All-American.Howe won the 2010 NCAA C...More >>
    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma is adding two of the school's former athletes and NCAA champions to its wrestling coaching staff.Wrestling coach Mark Cody announced Tuesday that Andrew Howe has been hired as an assistant coach, while Kendric Maple will serve as a volunteer assistant coach.Howe is a four-time All-American, while Maple earned three All-American honors. The pair joins assistant coach Michael Lightner, who is also an NCAA champion and four-time All-American.Howe won the 2010 NCAA C...More >>
  • Jays send Hendriks, Kratz to Royals for Valencia

    Jays send Hendriks, Kratz to Royals for Valencia

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:34:04 GMT
    BOSTON (AP) - The Toronto Blue Jays have traded right-hander Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Kansas City Royals for infielder Danny Valencia.The deal between playoff contenders was announced as the Blue Jays were starting their game in Boston on Monday night.The 29-year-old Valencia hit .282 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 36 games for Kansas City. He also has played for Minnesota, Boston and Baltimore.Kratz will join the Royals for Tuesday night's game against Minnesota and Hen...More >>
    BOSTON (AP) - The Toronto Blue Jays have traded right-hander Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Kansas City Royals for infielder Danny Valencia.The deal between playoff contenders was announced as the Blue Jays were starting their game in Boston on Monday night.The 29-year-old Valencia hit .282 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 36 games for Kansas City. He also has played for Minnesota, Boston and Baltimore.Kratz will join the Royals for Tuesday night's game against Minnesota and Hen...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.