In their final test before opening up MIAA conference play, the Pittsburg State men’s basketball team avoided a scare down the stretch.

In their final test before opening up MIAA conference play, the Pittsburg State men’s basketball team avoided a scare down the stretch.


Logan Jones hit one of two free-throws with 5.9 seconds on the clock and Missouri S&T senior guard Aaron Hays missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, preserving the Gorillas’ 64-61 win over the Miners at the Gale Bullman Multipurpose Building in Rolla, Mo.


Pitt State (4-0) led 29-19 at halftime, but MST (3-2) reeled off 12 straight points to open the second half to battle back into the game.


The Miners still led 47-44 with 6:44 to play in the game, but the Gorillas scored eight straight for a four-point lead, 51-47, with 3:45 to go. Pitt State stretched its lead to 60-53 with 40 seconds to play before holding on down the stretch for the three-point win.


PSU held a 62-56 lead with :21 remaining. Miner junior guard Carlton Westbrook went through the lane to score a layup and get fouled with 13 seconds left. He added the free throw to cut the S&T deficit to three, 62-59.


The Miners followed by putting PSU’s Courtney Ingram at the free throw line and he hit one-of-two free shots to make it a four-point difference.