PITTSBURG -- Kaleb Porter's driving layup and free throw with 15 seconds to play helped Pittsburg State seal a wild 94-91 victory over Missouri Southern Wednesday (Feb. 27) at John Lance Arena.
The Gorillas (16-9, 9-8 MIAA) never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 18 points in the first half, but the Lions (12-13, 7-10 MIAA) used a 59-point second half to key a furious comeback bid.
Southern outscored Pitt State, 12-5, from the 5:33 mark of the second half to the 2:35 mark to trum an 80-68 deficit into an 85-80 game on Marquis Addison's 3-pointer.
Porter made two free throws with 2:07 to play to make it an 87-80 game, but the Lions countered with six straight points, drawining within 87-86 on Jordan Talbert's tipin with 56 seconds to play.
AJ Adams, who poured in a team-leading 26 points for the Gorillas, hit a guarded jumper for an 89-86 cushion with 27 seconds to play, but Addison made two free throws seven seconds later.
Porter then drove the length of the floor, making the transition basket and drawing a foul from Southern's Cameron Cornelius. He hit the free throw for a 92-88 Pitt State lead.
The Lions countered with a 3-pointer from Cornelius with 8.9 seconds to go and sent PSU's Jake Bullard to the line two seconds later. Bullard misfired on both charity shots, but Addison turned the ball over driving the other way.
PSU's Denton Hays was fouled on the play with 0.9 seconds left and he made both free throws for the game's final margin.
Cameron managed to get off a guarded deep 3-point attempt but the shot was strong and the Gorillas emerged with the win.
Porter finished the game with 19 points, while Marky Nolen and Rico Pierrevilus both scored 16 points for the Gorillas. Bullard also finished in double figures with 10 points.
Addison led all scorers with 29 points, while Talbert added 16 and RJ Leverette chipped in with 15 points for the Lions.
The two teams combined for 58 fouls in the contest. Pitt State converted 28 of 37 free throws and Southern made 29 of 41.
Pitt State will close out the regular season Saturday (Mar. 2) by hosting Emporia State at 3:30 p.m. (CST) at John Lance Arena.
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