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  • PSU relies on FTs, D in second overtime

  • The Pittsburg State men have relied on their free throw shooting all season and it paid off Saturday in a 85-79 double overtime conference road win over Lindenwood.

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  • The Pittsburg State men have relied on their free throw shooting all season and it paid off Saturday in a 85-79 double overtime conference road win over Lindenwood.
    Pitt State made all eight of its free throw attempts in the second overtime and the Gorillas finished shooting 20-for-26 (77 percent) for the game, despite its second half struggles. Pitt State gained the lead early in the second overtime and were able to close out a victory with its free throws and its defense on the Lions.
    “We earned it about four times over,” Pitt State head coach Kevin Muff told Eddie Lomshek of KKOW. “It was a great battle. I was proud of our guys for persevering and it was a very physical game. . . . It was just as physical (as the Central Oklahoma game Thursday) in a lot of ways. Big team, very well-coached team, execute at a high level team. . . . We kept putting ourselves in a position to win the game and we finally got some offense in that second overtime.”
    Muff was most pleased by the defensive stops made by the Gorillas.
    “That’s huge,” Muff said. “I think it proves to these guys. . . . When it comes down to it, I know offense wins games, I know you’ve got to put the ball in the basket, I’m not a dummy but when you want to win in crunch time in the final seconds, it’s going to come down to a defensive stop. We practice it, we talk about it, we preach it, it’s about who we are, it’s our identity.”
    Lindenwood features a 6-foot-11 player in Brett Thompson, a transfer from St. Louis University. He finished with seven points, four rebounds and three blocks.
    The Gorillas, one of the best rebounding teams in the MIAA during Muff’s three-year tenure, outrebounded Lindenwood 49-31 with big all-around games from Rico Pierrevilus (13 points, three rebounds and four blocks), A.J. Adams (15 points, nine rebounds and one block), JaVon McGee (10 points, nine rebounds), Terrell Eaddy (two points and seven rebounds) and Denton Hays (one point and three rebounds, all offensive boards which gave Pitt State extra chances). At one point, Pitt State enjoyed a 13-2 rebounding edge.
    “We had some outstanding play from our inside guys tonight,” Muff said. “I thought JaVon was good, I thought A.J. was good, I thought Rico was good. Denton was a game-changer. He may not have played very many minutes, his statline ain’t going to look huge but you talk about a guy who changed the game, Denton Hays changed the game. He was big.
    “We knew coming in that this was a team which challenges us. We always want to be the league-leading rebounding team and we kind of asserted ourselves in that area tonight.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Balance was one of the operative words for the performance of the Pitt State women Saturday and that holds true for the Pitt State men, considering that five players scored in double figures.
    Courtney Ingram led with 17 points before fouling out. Adams had 15 points and fell one rebound short of a double-double. Pierrevilus and freshman point guard Kaleb Porter had 13 apiece, McGee added 10, and the Gorillas also received seven points apiece from Marky Nolen and Sam Pugh. Nolen played a solid floor game with four rebounds, a team-high five assists and a team-high three steals.
    Pitt State improves to 7-1 and 2-0, remaining one of the best teams in the MIAA. Lindenwood dropped its third straight game and its second in overtime.
    GORILLAS 85, LIONS 79 (2 OT)
    PITTSBURG STATE (85) — Courtney Ingram 6-8 2-2 17, A.J. Adams 6-14 3-3 15, Rico Pierrevilus 5-11 3-4 13, Kaleb Porter 3-7 6-6 13, JaVon McGee 4-11 2-4 10, Marky Nolen 3-8 1-3 7, Sam Pugh 2-7 2-2 7, Terrell Eaddy 1-6 0-0 2, Denton Hays 0-1 1-2 1, Jake Bullard 0-1 0-0 0, Ethan Cordray 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 30-74 20-26 85.
    LINDENWOOD (79) — Cody Sorenson 6-13 4-6 18, Alex Bazzell 4-10 5-7 14, Richie Thompson 4-10 5-6 13, Darris Smith 3-7 2-3 9, Brandon Marquardt 2-3 4-4 8, Brett Thompson 3-4 1-4 7, Efkan Eren 2-4 0-0 4, Aaron Ramirez 1-2 1-2 3, Tyler Ressel 1-2 0-0 3. Totals: 26-55 22-32 79.
    Halftime — PSU 34, LWU 28. 3-point goals — PSU 5-18 (Ingram 3-3, Porter 1-4, Pugh 1-5, Pierrevilus 0-3, Eaddy 0-2, Nolen 0-1), LWU 5-18 (Sorenson 2-7, Bazzell 1-2, Ressel 1-2, Smith 1-2, R. Thompson 0-2, Marquardt 0-1, Eren 0-1, Ramirez 0-1). Rebounds — PSU 49 (Adams, McGee 9), LWU 31 (Sorenson 10). Assists — PSU 10 (Nolen 5), LWU 17 (Bazzell 5). Turnovers — PSU 10, LWU 14. Steals — PSU 8 (Nolen 3), LWU 5 (R. Thompson, Bazzell 2). Blocked shots — PSU 5 (Pierrevilus 4), LWU 3 (B. Thompson 3). Personal fouls — PSU 20, LWU 19. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — Ingram, PSU.
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