Pittsburg State's Andy Smith found a groove in the first half.


The guard, who has earned a starting role in the last two games, drained 11 points in the first half to lead the Gorillas to a 37-26 halftime lead over Truman State at Pershing Arena in Kirksville, Mo. Wednesday night.

Pittsburg State's Andy Smith found a groove in the first half.


The guard, who has earned a starting role in the last two games, drained 11 points in the first half to lead the Gorillas to a 37-26 halftime lead over Truman State at Pershing Arena in Kirksville, Mo. Wednesday night.


The Gorillas hit six of their first seven shots to take an early 12-9 lead in the first six minutes of the game.


Pitt State built up a seven-point lead behind a pair of free-throws by David McKinnie and a jumper off of a Truman turnover by TJ Stukes.


The game held steady for most of the first half as the Gorillas maintained a six-point lead until Stukes drained a lay-up to give the Gorillas their largest lead of the half at 31-23 at the 2:39 mark.


Then, Smith went coast-to-coast after collecting a rebound on a miss from Alex Henderson and hit a lay-up to increase the lead to 33-23.


Jeff Ivory continued the run with a lay-up off a miss. That concluded a 6-0 run for PSU before Patrick Fandja ended the run with a traditional 3-point play to cut the Gorilla lead to 35-26.


Smith got his 11th point of the game just before the halftime break to put the Gorillas up by double-digits at halftime.


The Gorillas never trailed in the first half.