LAS VEGAS — Pitt State scored the game's final five points to overcome a 63-62 deficit with 1:25 to play and claim a 67-63 victory over Dixie State in final day action of the Las Vegas Challenge at Orleans Arena Wednesday (Dec. 19).
Mary Nolen put the Gorillas (9-1) ahead for good with a transition basket with 1:02 to play in the game. Pitt State then held the Red Storm (7-4) scoreless, while making three of six free throws in the game's final minute to seal the victory.
Pitt State led by as many as 14 points, at 23-9, nine minutes into the game, but Dixie State battled back to keep it competitive the rest of the way. The Red Storm trimmed the margin back to three points before the Gorillas exited the first half with a 35-31 advantage.
The Gorillas pushed their margin back to 10 points, at 48-38, with 14:40 to play in the game, but the Red Storm outscored Pitt State 21-7 to take a 59-55 lead with 6:18 to play in the game. DSC still led 61-57 with 3:39 to play before the Gorillas utilized a 10-2 run to end the contest.
Kaleb Porter scored a game-high 17 points, netting 14 in the first half. Marky Nolen added 12 points, while JaVon McGee posted a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Courtney Ingram also finished the game with 11 points for the Gorillas, who shot just 38 percent from the field (23 of 60) but converted 16 of 24 free throw attempts.
Steven Larson had a team-leading 15 points for Dixie State.