PITTSBURG — After coming out strong to start the season, the Pittsburg State University basketball teams have hit a snag as we head down the stretch towards the MIAA conference tournament.
The men's team are currently in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, after falling to rival Missouri State Southern twice in a four-day span.
In the latest loss on Tuesday, Missouri Southern grabbed the lead early. Although the Gorillas outscored MSSU late, they never really seemed up to the challenge against the Lions, who led as much as 23 points in the game.
Grant Lozoya, still the MIAA-leading points scorer through the lull, led Pittsburg State with 20.
The Lions were led by Reggie Tharp(23 points) and Kinzer Lambert(22 points and 13 rebounds).
The Gorillas have struggled at times at the defensive end, having given up over 90 points in five losses during the skid.
Pittsburg State(14-11, 7-9 MIAA), conclude the season on a three game road trip, starting with Emporia State(11-13, 6-9). The Gorillas beat Emporia State handily before their losing streak begin.
The Gorillas follow that game with a roadtrip to Nebraska-Kearney(9-15, 4-11) and conclude the regular season with a matchup against Fort Hays State(15-9, 5-6)
Pittsburg State currently sit in a tie for sixth place in the league standings. With six teams battling for the last five spots to make the MIAA tournament, the Gorillas need to right the ship against Emporia State to secure their spot this postseason.
Women seeking consistency ahead of postseason
While the men still have some work to do to clinch their postseason tickets, the women’s team have already sealed their spot, although there are certainly still some areas to improve.
The women’s team also sit in the sixth position in the conference, albeit with a better record. The Gorillas are 11-5 in conference, with a 19-6 overall record.
Pittsburg State split with Missouri Southern in their four-day stretch, winning Saturday’s matchup before falling on Tuesday to the Lions.
The Gorillas are currently jockeying for position, with the opportunity to overtake Emporia State with a win on Thursday.
Emporia State are currently only a game ahead of Pittsburg State. If Pittsburg State wins out in their final three contest, they could climb as high as second in the standings.