Kyle Wolf scored a game-high 18 points, including 14 in the first half, as No. 24 Central Missouri built a big lead and coasted to an 88-62 road win over Pittsburg State Thursday (Jan. 9) at John Lance Arena.
The Mules (13-2, 5-1 MIAA) shot 58.8 percent from the field in the opening period while building a 55-26 cushion against the Gorillas (5-6, 1-3 MIAA).
UCM cooled from the field in the second half, making just nine of 21 shots, but the Mules converted 14 of 18 free throws in the final 20 minutes of play to keep control of the contest.
Ryan Magdziarz added 14 points for UCM, while Daylen Robinson and Jon Gilliam chipped in with 10 points apiece.
Devon Branch paced the Gorillas with 17 points, while Alex Williams and Jake Bullard added eight points apiece.
The Mules owned a 38-27 rebounding advantage in the contest and UCM forced Pitt State into 19 turnovers.
The Gorillas will return to action Saturday (Jan. 11) when they host Missouri Western in a 3:30 p.m. (CST) game at John Lance Arena.
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