CANYON, Texas — Despite their high field goal percentage and assist numbers, the Pittsburg State Gorillas have struggled with turnovers all this season. That struggle manifested itself in the second half Saturday night against the West Texas A&M Buffaloes. Coffeyville native Ethan Cordray gave the Gorillas a 41-35 lead with a 3-pointer — at this point, 15 minutes, 33 seconds were on the clock. By the next field goal, at the 5:52 mark, Pitt State trailed West Texas 57-45, as the Buffaloes rode a 17-0 scoring run to a 70-58 victory in the final game of the Pak-A-Sak Thanksgiving Classic at the First United Bank Center. During that 17-0 run, Pitt State committed six turnovers in a row; the Gorillas finished the night with 19 turnovers and a season-low eight assists. "I thought we got away from being aggressive," Pitt State head coach Kevin Muff said during his postgame radio interview. "Because they turned it up and got after us. We kind of lost our aggressiveness and I think Jake (Bullard) was a little hesitant to get in the paint. Really, Devon's (Branch) the only one that created any offense that second half for us and Ethan hit a few 3s. And then, we want our guys to get it in the post because they're so extended but our post guys didn't do anything with it when they caught it. . . . We've got to find some balance there." Devon Branch proved the main offensive source for the Gorillas all night, especially in the first half as his 17 points spurred Pitt State to a 33-27 halftime lead. He made a highlight-reel slam dunk over the 6-foot-9 Barry Robertson (pictured) and his fall-away 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer provided the halftime edge. Branch was not quite the same the second 20 but the usual suspects for the Gorillas did not step up to meet the challenge of five West Texas players in double-figures — Drimir Ferguson 21 points, Keon Pledger 10, David Gibbs 10, Antjuan Ball 10 and Tez Dumars 10. Cordray stepped off the bench and stepped up with nine points but Jake Bullard and Sam Pugh — who have played so well early on for the Gorillas — combined for eight points on 2-for-13 shooting. Alex Williams, Trevor Gregory and Terrell Eaddy produced eight points, nine rebounds . . . and Eaddy fouled out after only 14 minutes of action on a night when the 6-3 Ball recorded a double-double with 10 points, 14 rebounds. Plus, Ball swatted away four Gorilla shots. "I thought Jake didn't respond, Sam didn't respond, guys we kinda have got to have," Muff said. "The previous games, our offense has kind of been saving our defense. Tonight, our defense didn't save our offense, which we needed it to do." Pitt State held West Texas to 27 points in the first half but in the second 20, West Texas answered the bell with 43 on 56.0 percent shooting (14-25) from the field, 57.1 percent (4-7) from long range and 64.7 percent (11-17) at the line. "When that happens, we've got to match their defensive intensity," Muff said. "I was pretty satisfied with our effort the first half, keeping them out of the paint and never really letting them get in a rhythm. . . . Did a good job for the most part, won the battle of the boards the first half. Then, you come out the second half, they decide to pick it up and get after you and we just didn't respond with key guys. "We have got to adjust and we're not mature enough right now to adjust and make the proper adjustments to win games like that because that was a winnable game for us. It's too bad that we let it get away from us." Branch led the Gorillas with 24 points and had six rebounds; his team-high two assists were countered by eight turnovers. Pitt State's three-game winning streak comes to a halt and the Gorillas open Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association play Thursday night against Northwest Missouri in Maryville. The Bearcats have started out their season 4-4. In the early game Saturday, Eastern New Mexico rolled to a 71-49 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma despite Friday's leading scorer Rodney Blackmon playing only a single minute. Devone Davis came through big for the Greyhounds — 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 35 minutes. Rafael Love added 18 points and four rebounds, Phil Henry 11 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals, and Dennis Hardwell six points, five rebounds. Southwestern Oklahoma led by four early on but after the lead changed, Eastern New Mexico (3-3) never gave it back, leading by as many as 25 in the second half. Gary Inglett led Southwestern Oklahoma (4-3) with 19 points and seven rebounds, his points total accelerated by 15-16 free throw shooting. BUFFALOES 70, GORILLAS 58 PITTSBURG STATE (3-3) — Devon Branch 8-15 7-10 24, Ethan Cordray 3-6 0-0 9, Alex Williams 3-5 0-0 6, Josiah Gustafson 2-5 2-3 6, Jake Bullard 1-5 2-2 5, Connor Kjer 1-3 0-0 3, Sam Pugh 1-8 0-0 3, Trevor Gregory 1-3 0-0 2, Terrell Eaddy 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 20-52 11-15 58. WEST TEXAS A&M (4-3) — Drimir Ferguson 4-13 11-11 21, Keon Pledger 5-11 0-1 10, David Gibbs 5-9 0-1 10, Antjuan Ball 4-6 2-4 10, Tez Dumars 3-10 1-2 10, David Duncan 2-2 0-4 4, Miles Gatewood 1-4 2-2 4, Barry Robertson 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 24-55 17-27 70. Halftime — PSU 33, WTAMU 27. 3-point goals — PSU 7-22 (Cordray 3-6, Bullard -2, Kjer 1-3, Branch 1-4, Pugh 1-5, Gustafson 0-1, Eaddy 0-1), WTAMU 5-18 (Dumars 3-8, Ferguson 2-5, Pledger 0-2, Gatewood 0-2, Gibbs 0-1). Rebounds — PSU 34 (Bullard 7), WTAMU 38 (Ball 14). Assists — PSU 8 (Branch, Pugh, Gustafson 2), WTAMU 15 (Ferguson 8). Turnovers — PSU 19, WTAMU 10. Steals — PSU 4 (Pugh 2), WTAMU 10 (Ferguson, Gibbs 3). Blocked shots — PSU 1 (Williams 1), WTAMU 5 (Ball 4). Personal fouls —PSU 20, WTAMU 14. Technical fouls — TEAM, PSU. Fouled out — Eaddy, PSU. A — 787.