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Gorilla Men Set Free Throw Record vs. NSU

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RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE ATHLETICS:

PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg State University men's basketball team set school and MIAA records for free throws made and attempted as the Gorillas claimed a 106-99 victory over Northeastern State University in the conference opener for both schools Wednesday (Dec. 2) at John Lance Arena.

The Gorillas (6-1, 1-0 MIAA) generated 48 points at the free throw line, converting 48 of 63 attempts in a game slowed by 64 combined personal fouls. Pitt State also shot 57.8 percent from the field against the RiverHawks (1-4, 0-1 MIAA) as six Gorilla players scored in double figures.

Dakota Jones led Pitt State with a career-high 23 points. He was 5-for-9 from the field, including a perfect 2-for-2 from 3-point range and 11-for-11 from the foul line. Javis Flynn and Josiah Gustafson added 19 points apiece with Flynn making 13 of 17 free throws. Gustafson scored 17 of his points in the first half, including back-to-back 3-pointers in a 32-second flurry that turned a tenuous 2-point lead into an eight-point margin late in the opening stanza.

Trey Starks added 16 points, while Lamine Dieng chipped in with 13 and Chris Owens finished with 11.

Dakota Caudill had a team-leading 19 points for the RiverHawks, who shot 50 percent from the floor in the game (34 of 68) and made 22 of 29 free throws. He posted a double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds as well. Trey Mohair added 17 points and eight assists.

Both Pitt State and NSU turned the ball over 20 times in the contest. The RiverHawks committed 39 personal fouls with 10 players being charged with three or more infractions. The Gorillas were whistled for 25 fouls.

Pitt State bested the previous MIAA records for free throws made (46) and attempted (60) set by former conference member Missouri State University 60 years ago. The Bears set those marks on Jan. 11, 1955, in a game against Northwest Missouri State University.

The previous Pitt State record for free throws made was 41 against Southwest Baptist University on Feb. 19, 2005, while the Gorillas twice attempted 55 free throws – against the University of Central Arkansas on Nov. 21, 1998, and against Emporia State University on Feb. 4, 2002.

Pitt State will put a four-game winning streak on the line Saturday (Dec. 5) when the Gorillas return to action at John Lance Arena against MIAA foe University of Central Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m. (CST).

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