PITTSBURG — History was made on Saturday inside John Lance Arena, where the Pittsburg State men’s basketball set a school record for most points scored in a single game, surpassing the previous mark of 119 points set in 1966, during the 120-31 win over Baptist Bible College.
Points came early and often for the Gorillas, as they found little resistance on their way to the rim nearly every offensive possession.
“We knew we were the better team going into this game and we knew that there would probably be a significant margin of victory,” PSU head coach Kim Anderson said. “The thing I was most impressed with was that our guys played really well for the most part. We shot the ball well and only turned the ball over five times with 32 assists. We rebounded well and did a pretty good job of keeping them in front of us. I also thought we approached it well. Sometimes in these big wins, guys will start throwing up crazy shots, but I thought we did a good job staying in the moment.”
A 3-pointer by Jaxon Holden to begin the contest kickstarted the Gorillas’ offensive, going up 11-0 three minutes into the first half.
Pitt State went on to extend the lead to 28-7 before scoring the 32 unanswered points to end the half with a 60-10 advantage.
The Gorillas’ 32 consecutive points was highlighted by nine points from Holden and included seven points from Grant Lozoya.
It was more of the same in the second half, as the Gorillas outscored BBC 60-21, with the final points coming on a pair of free throws from Jonathan Murray which tied and broke the school’s scoring record.
“It’s really not that important,” Anderson said. “I didn’t know what the record was before, but I guess we’ll be in the record books until another group down the line breaks it. We certainly didn’t go into it wanting to break it. Candidly, I knew we would win the game, but I didn’t think the margin would be that wide. I was just proud of our guys for continuing to play and everybody had a chance to prove what they could do.”
Donovan Franklin led the Gorillas in scoring with 18 points.
Xavier Adams and Brandon Clifford followed close behind with 16 and 14 points respectively.
The Gorilla men will host Central Christian College of the Bible at 3 p.m. on Dec. 30.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamner.