The last time the Pittsburg State Gorillas and the Northwest Missouri Bearcats played at John Lance Arena, it was a whole lot different than Sunday afternoon. 1) The CBS Sports Network showcased the Pitt State-Northwest Missouri doubleheader. 2) Sunday was a single game, not a women's-men's twinbill. 3) Sunday was nonconference. 4) That doubleheader last season was the official dedication ceremony for Whetzel Court. 5) The PSU women defeated Northwest 76-47 in the previous contest. On Sunday, Pitt State and Northwest Missouri combined for 73 missed field goals, 78 rebounds and 40 turnovers during a 51-44 win for the Gorillas. "Obviously, everybody's going to be disappointed in the offense," Pitt State head coach Lane Lord said. "And we are. We know that's something that we need to work on. We've been playing really well offensively. Sometimes, you have those games where nothing goes in, where there's no flow, you brick everything and if you do all that and still come out with a win, then you're happy. I'm never going to apologize for winning a game, that's for sure." Pitt State — 5-2 overall — won its fourth straight game and its defense played the key role Sunday, limiting Northwest to 34.9 percent shooting, overcoming its own 27.4 percent shooting and forcing 24 turnovers which led directly to 32 points. The Gorillas enjoyed a 32-13 edge in that statistic. "I thought we did a good job getting our hands in the passing lane," Lord said. "We were just trying to change the tempo and cause some turnovers with our defense. We had to get some easy offense because we were struggling so bad to score and it did that for us. [Pause for Lane Lord's sneeze.] That was neat to see." Northwest scored the first seven points of the contest and the Gorillas did not hit the scoreboard until Anqunita Reed knocked down a 3 at 13 minutes, 39 seconds. No Gorilla player made more than three field goals — Y'Cedria Devers, Lizzy Jeronimus and Reed each had the magic number — and 45 missed shots led to a high number of offensive rebounds. "20 offensive rebounds was another positive," Lord said. "When you miss 45 shots, you're going to get some chances for rebounds but we did a nice job on the offensive glass." Jeronimus led the Gorillas on the glass with 10 rebounds split evenly between offensive and defensive boards; her 14 points gave Jeronimus her second double-double of the season. Devers added eight boards to go with her eight points. Another edge for the Gorillas was free throws — 15-18, 83.3 percent. Jeronimus made all eight of her attempts and Devers (2-2), Hadyn Herlocker (2-2, two big free throws late) and Reed (1-1) all had perfect free throw nights. Morgan Westhoff, who scored a career-high 28 points in the home opener against Henderson State, missed all three shots and got in early foul trouble. She's the Gorillas' best 3-point shooter . . . and the Northwest defense continually dared Pitt State to beat the Bearcats from deep. "We struggle to score sometimes when we don't hit the post first or Morgan (Westhoff) doesn't score in transition," Lord said. "She obviously had a tough night tonight, getting fouls early and that hurt us a little bit. We didn't touch the posts as much as we hoped early in the game. I think the basketball gods didn't really shine down on us from the 3-point line (Pitt State shot 2-19, 10.5 percent) because we did not touch the post first." Pitt State played a nonconference game against a conference opponent, one the Gorillas will see again on Dec. 5 in Maryville. "Michael Smith's a good coach," Lord said. "He's proven that at Truman. He's going to do a good job with that ballclub. They've already gotten better from watching them on film. They played that pack-it-in matchup zone, it really forced us to make outside shots and we didn't do that today." "We play against this team in nine days," Jeronimus said. "So, we just wanted to treat it like a conference game and we knew they were capable of beating us." Annie Mathews led Northwest with 12 points and point guard Monique Stevens added 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and seven turnovers. The fewest points allowed by Pitt State in school history remains 30 against MidAmerica Nazarene on Jan. 8, 1988. The 44 points allowed Sunday were the lowest of the 2013-14 season and the lowest since Pitt State held Nebraska-Kearney to 43 on Jan. 3, 2013, the home game right before the 76-47 win over Northwest Missouri. Last season, Pitt State held opponents under 50 points six times. Pitt State's 27.4 percent from the field approached the school-record low field goal percentage 25.7 achieved in 2011 against Northwest Missouri, 19-74. GORILLAS 51, BEARCATS 44 NORTHWEST MISSOURI (1-3) — Annie Mathews 4-6 4-4 12, Monique Stevens 3-7 3-4 10, Ashleigh Nelson 3-9 1-3 9, Ariel Easton 2-12 0-0 5, Shelby Mustain 2-3 0-1 4, Ashley Guenther 1-1 0-0 2, Tember Schechinger 0-2 1-2 1, Alexandria Blaurock 0-1 1-2 1, Meridde Scott 0-2 0-0 0, Denise McEnaney 0-0 0-0 0, Kenz Veldhuizen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-43 10-16 44. PITTSBURG STATE (5-2) — Lizzy Jeronimus 3-9 8-8 14, Y'Cedria Devers 3-7 2-2 8, Antqunita Reed 3-14 0-0 7, Brigit Hesser 2-5 1-1 6, Alex Muff 1-2 1-2 3, Kylie Gafford 1-5 1-2 3, Deja Snell 1-2 0-0 2, Hailey Roderique 1-3 0-0 2, Cathy Brugman 1-4 0-0 2, Alexa Bordewick 1-6 0-1 2, Hadyn Herlocker 0-1 2-2 2, Morgan Westhoff 0-3 0-0 0, Paige Lungwitz 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 17-62 15-18 51. Halftime — PSU 26, NWMSU 22. 3-point goals — NWMSU 4-17 (Nelson 2-4, Stevens 1-3, Easton 1-7, Schechinger 0-2, Scott 0-1), PSU 2-19 (Hesser 1-2, Reed 1-4, Bordewick 0-4, Westhoff 0-2, Brugman 0-2, Jeronimus 0-1, Devers 0-1, Lungwitz 0-1, Herlocker 0-1, Roderique 0-1). Rebounds — NWMSU 33 (Stevens, Schechinger, Mustain 5), PSU 45 (Jeronimus 10). Assists — NWMSU 11 (Nelson 4), PSU 6 (Bordewick 3). Turnovers — NWMSU 24, PSU 16. Steals — NWMSU 1 (Schechinger 1), PSU 11 (Jeronimus, Reed, Roderique, Brugman 2). Blocked shots — NWMSU 0, PSU 2 (Gafford 2). Personal fouls — NWMSU 15, PSU 19. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. A — 1,043.