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Morning Sun
  • Pitt State men drop back-to-back contests

  • For just the second time this season, the Pittsburg State men lost their second consecutive game.

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  • For just the second time this season, the Pittsburg State men lost their second consecutive game.
    Central Oklahoma took a 46-26 halftime lead and the Bronchos matched their first 20-minute offensive production en route to a 92-76 win Saturday.
    “They’re a very difficult team for us to guard,” Pitt State head coach Kevin Muff told Eddie Lomshek of KKOW 860. “We didn’t match up with them very well and we didn’t guard them very intelligently. They got easy buckets, they took it to the basket, they were more aggressive than us. They were more aggressive offensively than we were sound defensively. That’s basically what it came down to. We’ve got guys on our team right now who do their own thing defensively and we want to hard hedge everything. We couldn’t get our bigs to constantly hard hedge and do their job.”
    Pitt State lost by 16 despite shooting 55.3 percent (26-47) overall from the field and 53.3 (8-15) from deep, as well as outrebounding Central Oklahoma 33-29. The Gorillas committed 16 turnovers, detrimental to their cause.
    The Bronchos shot 57.7 percent (15-26) from the floor in the second half and helped create their halftime advantage with 15-17 free throws in the first 20 minutes.
    Freshman guard-forward Jake Bullard scored a career-high 19 points on 7-8 shooting before he fouled out. Bullard, a standout at Vinita High School, played arguably his best college game in his home state.
    “I thought his aggressiveness was great,” Muff said. “He attacked the basket. He was moving well without the basketball. Guys did a good job of finding him. His aggressiveness was the thing that really helped him tonight. If he shot his free throws a little better, he puts himself in a position to score a little more.
    “I love his competiveness. He hates to lose. He’s one of those guys who wants to find a way to win. If he’s sitting on the bench, he’s the same way. Not everybody on this team is like that. Beside his breakdowns defensively, he continues to get better and better. He fixed some of those things tonight.”
    Freshman point guard Kaleb Porter, another Oklahoma kid, scored 17 points and continued his good streak at the 3-point line with four treys. Porter added three rebounds and two assists.
    Senior guard Marky Nolen added eight points, nine rebounds and three assists before fouling out, leading the Gorillas in rebounds and assists on Saturday.
    JaVon McGee and Rico Pierrevilus, senior big men, combined for 10 points and eight rebounds — Pierrevilus six points, five rebounds and McGee four points, three rebounds.
    Josh Gibbs led five Bronchos scoring double figures with 23 points, followed by Christian Huffman (17), Spencer Smith (13), Jamell Cormier (10) and June Carter (10). Carter proved cash from 3-point range with six of his points on 3s and Gibbs managed eight rebounds, four assists and two steals to go with his game-high point total.
    Page 2 of 2 - Pitt State dropped to 15-9, 8-8 MIAA and Central Oklahoma improved to 12-11, 10-5 MIAA. The Bronchos have won five straight contests.
    Emporia State and Southwest Baptist have also clinched MIAA postseason tournament spots.
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