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Gorilla Men Earn First Conference Win of the Season

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PRESS RELEASE PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY: 

The Pittsburg State men's basketball team won its first MIAA game of the season with a 87-72 win over Lincoln on Monday (January 6) at Jason Gym. The Gorillas improve to 5-5 overall and 1-2 in league play, while Lincoln is now 2-12 and 0-6 in the league.

Pitt State had nine of its 10 players score in the game, including five in double figures. Jake Bullard and Devon Branch each scored 16 points. Eleven of Branch's points came in the first half, as he only scored five, all from the charity stripe in the second half. Sam Pugh, Josiah Gustafson and Denton Hays each scored 10 for Pitt State. 

Pugh and Branch shared the rebounding lead with five a piece. Pugh had four assists and two steals, while Branch added three assists and Bullard also had two steals.

Pitt State shot 58 percent for the game, including 55 percent from behind the three-point arch.

The first half was a series of runs by each team. Pitt State was down 9-4 when they went on a 16-0 run lasting just over five minutes to take a 20-9 lead with just over 11 minutes to go in the first half. Lincon then went on a an 11-0 run of its own to tie the game at 20-20. Pitt State used another 10-0 run for a 32-22 lead with just under five minutes left in the half. The Gorillas only allowed Lincoln six points in the last 4:30 of the game to take a 41-29 lead into the lockerroom at the half.

The Gorillas continued to shoot well in the second half to keep its double digit lead. Lincoln scored more as it was greatly assisted by second chance points, as the Blue Tigers outrebounded the Gorillas, xx-xx in the second half and by 10, xx-xx, for the game overall, including xx offensive rebounds. 

Pitt State returns to action on Thursday (January 9) at 7:30 p.m. against Central Missouri in Pittsburg. That game will be followed by a Saturday afternoon game against Missouri Western at 3:30 p.m. on January 11.

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