After starting the season 3-0, the Pittsburg State men’s basketball team hits the road on Sunday.



The Gorillas, under first-year head coach Kevin Muff, have rattled off three straight wins to start the season and head to Rolla, Mo. to take on former MIAA foe Missouri S&T at 3 p.m. Sunday at Billy Key Court.

After starting the season 3-0, the Pittsburg State men’s basketball team hits the road on Sunday.

The Gorillas, under first-year head coach Kevin Muff, have rattled off three straight wins to start the season and head to Rolla, Mo. to take on former MIAA foe Missouri S&T at 3 p.m. Sunday at Billy Key Court.

Muff, after the Gorillas’ 75-45 win over Central Bible College last Saturday at the Chris Tucker Memorial Classic in Joplin, Mo., became the first Pitt State head men’s basketball coach since Ken Ash started the 1985-86 season 8-0.

On Sunday, they face a Miners’ squad that fell, 72-67, to William Jewell on Tuesday after rattling off three straight home wins to start the season.

Included among the Miners’ victories to date is a 74-68 win against MIAA rival Southwest Baptist on Nov. 18. MST also has posted lopsided victories over Blackburn College (95-59) and Missouri Baptist (72-51).

The other issue mounting on Pitt State will be trying to snap a 15-game road losing streak that dates back to the 2009-2010 season. The Gorillas last claimed a road win on Jan. 28, 2009, by posting a 60-59 road victory over MIAA rival Truman. Pitt State went 0-11 on the road during the 2009-10 campaign.

In their first three games of the season, Pitt State has averaged 87.0 points per game and has shot 54.0 percent from the field with five players contributing between 9.7 and 12.7 points per game.

Defensively, the Gorillas are holding their opponents to 37.1 percent shooting from the field (59-159), 36.7 percent shooting from 3-point range (22-60) and 64.8 percent shooting from the foul line (46-71).

Pitt State has forced its opponents into an average of 19 turnovers per game and the Gorillas have 31 steals on the young season.

Junior guard Logan Jones leads Pitt State’s balanced offense to date. Jones, who came to Pitt State from Northern Idaho College, is scoring a team-high 12.7 points per game. The Madison, Ind., native scored a season-high 20 points in the Gorillas’ win against College of the Ozarks on Nov. 19. For the season, he has converted 12 of 20 shots from the field (.600), including three of four 3-pointers. Jones also is tied for the team lead in assists (4.0 apg).

Junior forward Chris Ware also contributes 12.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The Chicago, Ill., native is shooting a team best .630 from the field (17-27) and he has snared eight of Pitt State’s 39 team offensive rebounds to date. Ware, who helped Lincoln (Ill.) College to an NJCAA Division II National Championship last year, logged a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in his Pitt State debut vs. Newman on Nov. 16.

The Miners are shooting 45.3 percent from the field in their first four games of the season and have three players averaging in double-figures, led by sophomore Bryce Foster (16.3 ppg) and junior Tommy Pelczynski (12.5 ppg). Senior forward Maurice Grinter is averaging 12.0 points per game.