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  • Pitt State pulls away in overtime against William Jewell

  • The Pittsburg State and William Jewell men not only matched the drama of the opening women’s contest Wednesday night at John Lance Arena.



    They surpassed it with not one but a pair of tip-ins in the final 12 seconds of regulation and Pitt State outscored William Jewell 12-7 in overtime en route to a 74-69 nonconference win over a regional opponent.

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  • The Pittsburg State and William Jewell men not only matched the drama of the opening women’s contest Wednesday night at John Lance Arena.
    They surpassed it with not one but a pair of tip-ins in the final 12 seconds of regulation and Pitt State outscored William Jewell 12-7 in overtime en route to a 74-69 nonconference win over a regional opponent.
    Six games into the season, Pitt State seemed to find lineup combinations that worked on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.
    “I thought we kind of got into a rhythm where everybody on the floor felt comfortable with everybody else,” Pitt State head coach Kevin Muff said. “In the radio interview, I didn’t say a lot about Courtney (Ingram). I thought Courtney had probably his best continuous minutes where he put together . . . he was a factor all night. He was aggressive to the rim and I thought defensively he was pretty solid. He did a lot of things that helped us.
    “Sam (Pugh), in the second half he got steady where he found some kind of rhythm. I thought he played well. We put Jake (Bullard) in to give him a little bit of a breather and we didn’t get hurt by that too much. A.J. (Adams) was definitely a factor late in the game. I thought defensively he got a lot of rebounds and obviously the tip-in at the end of regulation was huge. Rico (Pierrevilus) kept it alive. It was nice to see them work together and come out with a win.”
    William Jewell went ahead 62-60 with 12 seconds remaining. Junior forward John Taylor, scoreless in the first half, picked up his game late and gave the Cardinals the lead on a tip-in. Pitt State worked a three for leading scorer Courtney Ingram and his miss was soft enough that Rico Pierrevilus could keep it alive for A.J. Adams to tip it up and in to force overtime. Two officials came over to check the monitors and they determined the basket counted.
    “You never rest in a situation like that,” Adams said. “You treat every shot like a miss. I seen my teammate go after it and I knew it wasn’t over. I went after it, pursued it and it was done.”
    Adams played only 2 minutes and scored two points in the first half Wednesday night but proved to be a determining factor in the game’s outcome during his 16 minutes played in the second half and overtime. He finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, shooting an impressive 6-for-7 from the floor; he narrowly missed his second double-double of the season. In overtime, he scored four points.
    Ingram continued his solid all-around play of recent games with a team-high 16 points on 5-7 shooting from the field and 5-6 free throws. He also finished with a team-high three assists.
    Page 2 of 2 - Pugh scored a career-high 14 points and his floor game included two assists, two steals and one blocked shot. He made 7-8 free throws.
    Terrell Eaddy played his best game in a Pitt State uniform, contributing 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal.
    “We’re a work in progress and we still are,” Muff said. “It’s nice to be rewarded and find a way to win. We’re still working on that chemistry and still working on some things. I know Coach Holley’s (William Jewell head coach Larry Holley) in the same boat I am. He’s working on things trying to get better.
    “I just want to get to the point where everybody’s comfortable with their roles and we’d better get there quick because conference opens Thursday and from that point on, every game’s huge. Obviously, a regional win like this is not bad but when it comes down to it, it’s about the conference.”
    Pitt State (5-1) opens conference play next Thursday against Central Oklahoma.
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