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  • PSU hosts Newman tonight

  • Pittsburg State freshman point guard Kaleb Porter earned MIAA Player of the Week honors Monday, culminating an impressive collegiate debut for the guard from Tulsa and East Central High School.

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  • Pittsburg State freshman point guard Kaleb Porter earned MIAA Player of the Week honors Monday, culminating an impressive collegiate debut for the guard from Tulsa and East Central High School.
    In three wins last week over Baker (NAIA), Lincoln and Avila (NAIA), Porter averaged a team-high 21.3 points. His best offensive game was a PSU freshman record 34 points against Lincoln last Friday afternoon in the Chris Tucker Memorial Classic at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. This was only his second collegiate game.
    Porter scored double figures against each opponent and averaged 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals. He shot 47.4 percent (18-38) from the floor, 50.0 (7-14) from 3-point range and 80.8 (21-26) at the free throw stripe. Porter did have nine assists, 10 turnovers.
    Since 1990, here are the 10 best PSU individual scoring games: Marc Eddington 40 (Northwest Missouri, 1996), Eddie Jackson 39 (Truman State, 2004), Brandon Pate 38 (Southwest Baptist, 2001), Eddie Jackson 37 (Central Missouri, 2005), Toraino Hellems 36 (Missouri S&T, 1994), Cory Abercrombie 36 (Southwest Baptist, 2007), Kaleb Porter 34 (Lincoln, 2012), Eddie Jackson 34 (Missouri Southern, 2005), Eddie Jackson 33 (Central Missouri, 2004), several players with 32.
    Jim Chroust holds the PSU single-game scoring record with 48 points against Emporia State on March 2, 1966. Chroust scored at least 40 points four times during his PSU career.
    For the conference player of the week award, Porter beat out Alex Bazzell of Lindenwood, Dwayne Brunson of Fort Hays State, Cedric Clinkscales of Missouri Western, Charles Hammork of Central Missouri, Bryton Hobbs of Northeastern State, Will McNeill of Washburn and Cedric Ridle of Lincoln.
    The Gorillas are off to a fast 3-0 start and with a win tonight over Newman, 4-0 will match the best start to a season under PSU head coach Kevin Muff, in his third year at the helm of the Gorillas. Pitt State last played Newman two years ago, Muff’s first game as PSU head man and the first win of a 4-0 start to the season.
    Pitt State averaged 86.3 points its first three games — 88 against Baker, 86 against Lincoln and 85 against Avila.
    Five players reached double figures Saturday evening against the Eagles of Avila: Porter (14), senior Rico Pierrevilus (14), senior Courtney Ingram (14), senior Marky Nolen (13) and junior A.J. Adams (10). This was the most balanced scoring night of the young season for the Gorillas.
    Pierrevilus (12.7) and Adams (11.0) both average double figures and then it’s  Nolen (9.7), JaVon McGee (9.3), Ingram (7.3) and freshman Jake Bullard (7.3) in the next scoring range. Denton Hays and Sam Pugh are both solid role players on the inside and the outside, respectively. Pierrevilus’ 20 points against Baker eclipsed his previous high of 18 against Truman State last year.
    Rebounding and free throw shooting have been definite advantages early in the season: Pitt State outrebounded its first three opponents 137-98 (45.7-32.7 per game) and its free throw makes (88) are more than its opponents’ free throw attempts (71). Ingram made all 10 attempts Saturday night.
    Page 2 of 2 - “That’s part of what our offense is set up to do and that’s what we want to do,” Muff said after the Lincoln game. “We want to get to the paint. We want to drive it. We want to be aggressive.”
    The Newman Jets enter John Lance Arena tonight 2-0, with 97-60 and 99-39 home blowout wins over Tabor (NAIA) and Manhattan Christian (NAIA), respectively. The Jets play only two road games (Pitt State, William Jewell) during the months of November and December.
    Shamar Acuay (senior guard by way of Queens N.Y. and Colby Community College) led with 21 points against Tabor and Marquis Cuyler (junior forward, Brunswick, Ga., and Coffeyville CC) added 12. Trae Beck (junior guard, Coldwater, Pratt CC) had a team-high 14 against Manhattan Christian, leading five Jets in double figures.
    Acuay led the Jets in scoring last season at a 13.8 clip.
    Newman, a Wichita-based school which plays in the Texas-heavy Heartland Conference (Dallas Baptist, Texas A&M International, St. Mary’s, Oklahoma Panhandle State, St. Edward’s, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Arkansas-Fort Smith, McMurry, Oklahoma Christian), enjoyed a 18-9 record last season, 10-4 in conference play.
    Pitt State owns a 13-9 edge in the series. The Gorillas have won 10 of the 12 games played in Pittsburg.
    KKOW 860 AM will carry the game tonight, broadcast starting 15 minutes before the 7 p.m. tip.
    Pitt State women
    The Gorillas, ranked No. 3 in the nation, return to action Friday and Saturday in the Missouri Southern Thanksgiving Classic.
    Pitt State (2-0) plays Evangel 5 p.m. Friday night and Avila 1 p.m. Saturday. The Gorillas last played a game Nov. 10, defeating Mary (N.D.) 80-60 in second day play of the Pitt State Tipoff Classic.
    Pitt State averaged 88.5 points during its two wins over Southwest Minnesota and Mary — all 13 players scored in the opener against Southwest Minnesota and 11 players scored against Mary.
    Balanced scoring follows Pitt State basketball around early in the season.
    Sophomore forward Lizzy Jeronimus leads all scorers with 19.5 points per game, followed by Morgan Westhoff (11.5), Lauren Brown (11.0), Drew Roberts (9.5), Hailey Roderique (9.0), Y’Cedria Devers (6.0) and four players (Kylie Gafford, Kristina Willis, Lisa Elmer and Brigit Hesser) all at 4.0.
    Westhoff leads a Pitt State bench crew averaging 37.5 points. Brown and Roderique have filled in for the graduated Larissa Richards and Brooke Conley in the starting lineup.
    Pitt State allows 55.5 points and outscored its first two opponents by a combined score of 101-52 after halftime.
    Evangel (NAIA) entered its Monday night contest against John Brown (Ark.) 0-4, although three of its losses came against nationally-ranked NAIA foes (No. 9 Lee, No. 10 Oklahoma City and No. 23 William Woods).
    Avila, another Heart of America school, entered the season ranked No. 20 but the Eagles have dropped their first five contests entering a Wednesday night game with Ottawa. Avila made it to the NAIA Sweet 16 last season.

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