TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Both Pittsburg State basketball teams came out with a win against Northeastern State on Saturday, as the women’s team won 65-50 and the men 96-82.
GORILLA WOMEN GET HOT IN SECOND HALF
A 13-4 run by the Gorilla women to begin the second quarter gave them a seven-point lead which was stretched to double digits in the third quarter as they went on to earn the win.
Pitt State (16-5) fell behind 21-17 in the early going, but a pair of layups by Athena Alvarado sparked a 13-4 run which put the Gorillas on top 30-25.
Pitt State held the RiverHawks to nine points in the second quarter before out scoring them 13-10 in the third.
The third quarter was highlighted by an 11-1 run — which included four points by Madison Northcutt — to give the Gorillas a double-digit lead at 41-26.
Northeastern State rallied back to narrow the gap to eight, but the Gorillas answered with five consecutive points early in the fourth before out scoring the RiverHawks 14-6 in the next four minutes.
Shelby Lopez was the offensive catalyst in the win, scoring a team-high 22 points to go along with five rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Mikaela Burgess came in close behind with 20 points to go along with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
GORILLA MEN HANG ON TO BEAT RIVERHAWKS
Northeastern State cut the deficit to single digits late in the second half after trailing for a majority of the contest, but the PSU men’s team finished strong with an 11-2 run in the final minutes to close out the 96-82 win.
The Gorillas (13-8) built their double-digit lead shortly after the opening tip, as they answered an opening 3-pointer by the RiverHawks with a 13-4 run to go up 13-7.
The run was highlighted by seven points from Dakota Jones and included five points by Jabari Antwine.
Pitt State went on to extend the lead to 14 points with just over six minutes remaining in the first half — with help from 10 points by Donovan Franklin — and took a 54-40 advantage into the locker room at halftime following a pair of 3-pointers by Demetrius Levarity in the final two minutes.
Northeastern State fought back by out scoring PSU 15-3 in the early going of the second half, but couldn’t keep up the offensive momentum, as a 3-pointer by Antwine sparked a 13-2 for the Gorillas to extend their lead to 72-57.
Pittsburg survived another rally by the RiverHawks with an 11-2 run at the four-minute mark of the second half to come out with the win.
Franklin led the way on offense with 28 points, two rebounds and one assist.
Antwine was doing a little bit of everything, as he notched 16 points, five assists, four rebounds, two blocks and one steal.
Pitt State will host Missouri Southern at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.