Fresh off the holiday break, the Pittsburg State men did not feel that 40 minutes was enough basketball during their outing at Central Missouri State on Monday in Warrensburg, Mo.



The Gorillas and Mules were tied at 61 at the end of regulation but Central, who had not held the lead until late in the second half, outscored the Gorillas 18-11 to take a 79-72 win.

Fresh off the holiday break, the Pittsburg State men did not feel that 40 minutes was enough basketball during their outing at Central Missouri State on Monday in Warrensburg, Mo.

The Gorillas and Mules were tied at 61 at the end of regulation but Central, who had not held the lead until late in the second half, outscored the Gorillas 18-11 to take a 79-72 win.

That came after the Gorillas led by five with 23 seconds left in the game.

“I thought our kids played as hard as they could and as smart as they could,” said PSU head coach Gene Iba. “We just made a couple of mistakes late.”

In overtime, Carlos Taylor — who led all scorers with 29 points — drained a three point shot to give PSU a 64-62 lead, but Joe Young hit a big three point shot off of a Tyler Oakley steal to put the Mules back up 67-64 with 3 minutes, 37 seconds left in the overtime frame.

Central got their biggest lead of the game, 70-64 after back-to-back free throws from  Tremaine Luellen.

Young got his 17th point on a lay-up, putting Central up 72-64 with 1:29 left. David McKinnie cut the lead with a pair of free throws but Alex Moosmann put the Mules back up by eight with 58 seconds left.

Taylor came back with a three point shot, cutting the lead to six with 43 seconds remaining. After a third Taylor 3, Moosmann iced the game with a pair of free throws to close out the game.

But it was a game where the Gorillas set a new school record with 59 rebounds — 28 offensive and 31 defensive. But they also turned the ball over 27 times.

“The thing is, you walk out of here wanting to win a game, but we came out of here a much better team,” Iba said.

Ivan Evans thought to put the game away in regulation after collecting a rebound and a put-back to go up by four, then TJ Stukes had a big block with 24 seconds left in the game.

Just as the Gorillas pulled ahead by 3, Young hit a three-point shot to tie the game with 14 seconds left in the game.

“I told him that I would take that shot away from him anytime,” Iba said.

But Pitt State contested that the clock never ran and officials took four seconds off the clock to leave the Gorillas 10.4 seconds on the clock to go the length of the floor for a potential win.

Taylor took the inbounds and neither Stukes or Taylor could connect, forcing the game to overtime.

In the second half, Central Missouri closed the gap numerous times but, the Gorillas found a way to crawl back out in front.

Central pulled to within one but Evans missed two shots, however, he came up with a pair of offensive rebounds before finally connecting to put the Gorillas back up by three.

The Mules were able to tie the game 44-44 after Byrd hit a layup but Rodney Grace rebounded a long three point shot by Taylor and had the put-back to give the Gorillas a 46-44 lead.

Both teams went back and forth through the remaining six minutes of the game as Central took their first lead of the game, 51-48, with a three point shot from Joe Young with 5:19 left.

Stukes came up big as he hit back-to-back baskets to keep the game tied 55-55 with just over three minutes left in the game then Taylor put the Gorillas back up 58-55 with a big three point shot.

In the first half, Central Missouri was plagued with three early turnovers and the Gorillas were able to capitalize by jumping out to a 6-2 two minutes into the game.

Taylor, who had just five points in the Gorillas’ last game against Southwestern prior to the holiday break, came up with a big three point shot to put the Gorillas back up 9-4.

Pitt State did have seven turnovers despite holding a 14-11 lead with just over 11 minutes left in the first half.

“The only thing we did poorly in the first half was giving the ball away 16 times,” Iba said.

The Gorillas held Central to just 27 percent (6 of 22) shooting from the field as they held the lead from the start to the finish of the first half.

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140.

Central Missouri men 79, Pittsburg State 72 OT
PITTSBURG STATE (72) — Carlos Taylor 11-24 2-4 29, Ivan Evans 5-10 0-1 10, Spencer Magana 4-16 0-0 9, TJ Stukes 3-12 2-4 8, Seth Burris 2-3 1-2 6, Rodney Grace 1-2 3-6 5, David McKinnie 1-5 2-2 5, Henry Rogers 0-1 0-2 0. Totals: 27-73 10-21 72.
CENTRAL MISSOURI (79) — Josiah Miller 6-9 6-9 18, Joe Young 6-19 1-4 18, Alex Moosmann 1-7 8-8 10, Sanijay Watts 4-11 0-0 8, Zach Redel 4-6 0-0 8, Tremaine Luellen 1-6 4-6 6, De’Andre Byrd 2-9 0-0 4, Esian Henderson 2-3 0-0 4, Tyler Oakley 1-2 1-4 3. Totals: 27-72 20-31 79.
Halftime — PSU 27, Central Missouri 23. 3-point goals — PSU 8-24 (Taylor 5-11, Magana 1-8, McKinnie 1-3, Burris 1-1, Evans 0-1), CMSU 5-24 (Young 5-12, Luellen 0-5, Byrd 0-3, Moosmann 0-2, Miller 0-1, Henderson 0-1). Rebounds — PSU 59 (Stukes 16), CMSU 41 (Redel, Luellen 7). Assists — PSU 8 (Taylor, Magana 3), CMSU 10 (Oakley 3). Turnovers — PSU 27, CMSU 13. Total fouls — PSU 24, CMSU 17. Fouled out — Evans. Technical fouls — none. A — 1,492.