KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Both Pittsburg State basketball teams were eliminated from the MIAA tournament over the weekend, with the men’s team losing 79-73 against Northwest Missouri on Friday and the women falling to Fort Hays 52-46 on Saturday.
LATE RALLY COMES UP SHORT FOR PSU WOMEN IN LOSS
Shots weren’t falling for the PSU women on Saturday in the 52-46 loss to Fort Hays State in semifinals of the MIAA tournament.
The Gorillas rallied back by out scoring the Tigers 18-6 in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter, after being held to 18 points on 24% shooting in the first half, but couldn’t tie the game before time expired.
A forgetful first half for Pitt State saw Fort Hays jump out to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter.
PSU found life early in the second quarter by scoring nine consecutive points — with help from a pair of 3-pointers by Mikaela Burgess and Megan Maher — to cut the deficit to 21-15.
The Tigers went on to extend the lead back to double digits at 42-25 heading into the fourth quarter after out scoring the Gorillas by 10 points in the third.
Pitt State climbed back into the contest by beginning the final 10 minutes of regulation with an 8-2 run en route to out scoring FHSU 18-6, which cut the deficit to 48-43.
The Gorillas resorted to intentionally fouling the Tigers with under a minute remaining, but couldn’t get enough breaks down the stretch.
It was a rough day offensively for the Gorillas, but McPherson managed to hit double digits in the scoring with 13 points to go along with three rebounds.
Madison Northcutt closed out the game with seven points, seven rebounds and two assists.
PSU MEN FALL TO BEARCATS IN CLOSE BATTLE
The Pittsburg State men’s team stayed within striking distance of the No. 1 seed Northwest Missouri throughout the contest, but was held short of tying the game by the Bearcats who received a 25-point game from Justin Pitts.
Pitt State pulled to within one at the three-minute mark of the first half after falling behind early, but NWMSU out scored the Gorillas 9-5 down the stretch to take a 41-36 advantage into halftime.
The Bearcats continued to inch further away from the Gorillas throughout, never allowing them to make it a one-possession ballgame in the second half.
Keeping Pitt State in the contest was Grant Lozoya and Donovan Franklin, who scored 23 and 22 points respectively.
Xavier Adams was doing a little bit of everything, notching 18 points, five rebounds, two steals and one block.
— 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.