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Morning Sun
  • PSU men also earn MIAA tourney berth

  • One week after squandering a 22-point second half lead at home against Southwest Baptist, the Pittsburg State men answered the bell Saturday evening with a resounding 89-59 win over Northeastern State.

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  • One week after squandering a 22-point second half lead at home against Southwest Baptist, the Pittsburg State men answered the bell Saturday evening with a resounding 89-59 win over Northeastern State.
    Pitt State gathered a 25-7 lead en route to a 50-31 halftime advantage and continued to build on its lead after halftime. The RiverHawks never drew closer than 17 points in the second half.
    Pitt State senior Marky Nolen scored a career-high 22 points Saturday on 8-for-10 shooting, including four 3-point shots. Nolen collected four steals.
    Senior forward JaVon McGee, who missed the previous four games with a separated shoulder, made his return to the lineup a big one with a double-double of 16 points,10 rebounds. McGee added four assists, plus he made all four of his free throw attempts.
    Senior forward Rico Pierrevilus shot a nearly flawless 8-9 from the field and finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocked shots, a great all-around game for the Gorillas’ tallest player.
    Freshman point guard Kaleb Porter had 15 points, six rebounds, eight assists and two steals.
    The Gorillas shot a blistering 70.4 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, making 19 of their 27 field goal attempts.
    Pitt State took advantage of getting MIAA leading rebounder Jermaine Bransford into foul trouble; Bransford picked up all 12 of his points during the anticlimactic second half and finished with two rebounds.
    Bryton Hobbs led Northeastern State with 16 points and five assists. John Schneider (famous name) finished with a team-high eight rebounds.
    Pitt State improved to 15-7, 8-6 MIAA and Northeastern State fell to 17-7, 10-6. Both teams have earned spots in the MIAA Tournament.
    In other MIAA games Saturday, Lindenwood defeated Southwest Baptist 87-76, Central Missouri defeated Lincoln 93-61 and Fort Hays State defeated Nebraska-Kearney 82-70. Central Missouri and Fort Hays are tied for the MIAA lead with 11-4 conference marks.
    Central Missouri received double-digit scoring from five players against Lincoln — Dominique Long 19, Widgett Washington 13, Alex Dean 12, Ryan Magdziarz 11 and Lance Beckwith. Cedric Ridle of Lincoln scored a game-high 29 before fouling out.
    Dwayne Brunson played a large part in helping Fort Hays achieve its seventh consecutive victory — 35 points, seven rebounds and five blocks. He shot 14-16 from the floor (88 percent) and a lucky 7-7 at the foul stripe. Brunson reached his 35 in 27 minutes. The Tigers dished out 22 assists on 31 made field goals — Ben Congiusta six, Lance Russell five, Craig Nicholson and Nick Capiti four.

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