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  • PSU men stung by foul trouble, offensive boards

  • The Washburn Ichabods turned a 16-3 first half run, highlighted by transition opportunities and 3-point shots, into a 35-21 halftime lead en route to a 67-51 win over a Pittsburg State squad with only 10 active players.

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  • The Washburn Ichabods turned a 16-3 first half run, highlighted by transition opportunities and 3-point shots, into a 35-21 halftime lead en route to a 67-51 win over a Pittsburg State squad with only 10 active players.
    Pitt State sophomore guard Sam Pugh made it a 20-16 game on an old-fashioned three-point play, highlighted by a circus layup. However, the Ichabods scored the next eight points and the game never seemed to be the same after Washburn hit Pitt State with this scoring blitz.
    “I thought we did come out with the right mindset,” Pitt State head coach Kevin Muff told Eddie Lomshek of KKOW. “Our guys were ready to play and we got some nice offensive buckets and we were solid defensively. Then, the wheels started falling off and we tried forcing it on the offensive end. We got some turnovers and obviously, the combinations that we’re playing right now are new and we put Jake Bullard back into the lineup.”
    Senior forward JaVon McGee missed his second consecutive game and senior guard Courtney Ingram, one of the steadiest Gorillas all season, did not play after being hurt in the Missouri Western win on Wednesday. Freshman guard-forward Bullard returned to the lineup for the first time since Lincoln, the road opener several games ago on the road stretch which ended Saturday night.
    Already playing without a full deck, foul trouble hurt Pitt State even more on Saturday. Marky Nolen and A.J. Adams fouled out and Denton Hays and Rico Pierrevilus ended with four apiece. Nolen picked up a technical foul which counted toward his exit after posting nine points, nine rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot in 28 minutes.
    “It’s kind of hard putting in your more efficient offensive guys when they’re in foul trouble,” Muff said. “The guys you count on for offense and you’re thinking, second half maybe we need a run so we don’t need too many. I know Rico, A.J. and Marky all had three at half so that’s unusual. We don’t want those guys going in second half with three fouls but apparently, we were fouling a lot more than they were so that hurt us.”
    Freshman point guard Kaleb Porter led Pitt State with 11 points, all in the second half and nine on 3-point shots. However, most of the rest of Porter’s statline read zeroes — zero free throws, zero rebounds, zero assists and zero steals. He finished with one turnover. Porter did not start on Saturday.
    “He needs to learn that I’m not going to let him just go through the motions,” Muff said. “He’s got to be a guy, if we’re going to count on him and his teammates are going to count on him, he’s got to be fully immersed in what we’re about. . . . He can make us really good. He’s that kind of player.”
    Page 2 of 2 - In statistical categories that have traditionally gone the way of Pitt State, Washburn controlled them Saturday night: Washburn attempted 12 more free throws (28-16), made eight more free throws (20-12) and outrebounded Pitt State 41-30 overall and 15-8 on the offensive glass.
    MIAA leading scorer Will McNeill led Washburn with 14 points (nine on free throws) and had seven rebounds, four assists and one steal. Bobby Chipman added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds, Joseph Smith 10 points and Martin Mitchell had 10 points and six rebounds. McNeill, Chipman and Christian Ulsaker crashed the boards for three offensive rebounds apiece.
    Washburn improved to 14-4, 7-3 MIAA and Pitt State dropped to 13-6, 6-5.
    In other games Saturday, Lindenwood ended a nine-game Central Missouri winning streak 83-82, Northwest Missouri hung on at home 52-51 over Emporia State, Northeastern State defeated Missouri Western 73-61, Southwest Baptist edged Truman State 76-73 and Fort Hays State defeated Missouri Southern 83-69.
    Alex Bazzell of Lindenwood transcended a 2-11 shooting performance from the field with 10 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and 6-7 free throw shooting. Cody Sorenson and Brett Thompson each led the Lions with 14 points. Charles Hammork led Central Missouri with 20 points.
    Northwest Missouri held on with 12 points from Grant Cozad and 11 from DeAngelo Hailey. Gavin Brown and Paul Bunch each led Emporia with 12.
    Bryton Hobbs of Northeastern State scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Jermaine Bransford posted 15 points, 13 rebounds and four assists for the RiverHawks.
    Southwest Baptist received a career-high 24 points from Rashaad Brown Peterson, as well as 18 points and a career-high nine rebounds from Damion Hooks. Mike Carlson led Truman State with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds.
    Fresh off a 12-assist performance Wednesday, Fort Hays State freshman point guard Craig Nicholson again reached double-digit assists with 10 on Saturday. Nicholson scored 15, part of a balanced Fort Hays attack. Lance Russell and Carson Konrade both had 18 points and Dwayne Brunson added 16. Jordan Talbert led Southern with 17 and Marquis Addison added 14.
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