ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Two wins for the Pittsburg State basketball teams over Lindenwood on Saturday capped off a successful road trip for the Gorillas, as the women’s team won 80-61 followed by an 85-65 victory for the men.
PSU WOMEN PULL AWAY IN FOURTH QUARTER
Lindenwood overcame a nine-point deficit after finishing the third quarter with seven consecutive points before tying the score with a pair of free throws to begin the fourth quarter, but a late offensive surge by the Gorillas lifted them to an 80-68 win.
The Gorillas (13-4) held a double-digit advantage early in the second quarter following a 15-5 run which was highlighted by eight points from Athena Alvarado.
The Lions managed to trim the deficit to three at the beginning of the second half before tying the score at 59-all on the strength of nine consecutive points.
Back-to-back layups by Paige Imhoff and Mikaela Burgess put the Gorillas back in the driver’s seat, as they went on to out score the Lions 17-6 in the following eight minutes of play.
The run included a pair of 3-pointers by Maher, three points from Burgess and two points apiece from Shelby Lopez, Madison Northcutt, Brenlee McPherson and Imhoff.
Imhoff recorded a double-double in the win with 15 points to go along with a team-high 11 assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block.
McPherson led the way for Pitt State in scoring with 18 points in the win.
PSU MEN WIN BIG OVER LIONS
It was all Gorillas in the 85-65 win for the Pitt State men’s team in game two of the day.
PSU was in control for a majority of the contest, taking the lead four minutes into the first half and held off a late rally by the Lions to close out the victory.
The Gorillas trailed by two in the opening minutes of the contest, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Dakota Jones sparked an 11-2 run which put Pitt State up 16-9.
Pittsburg went on to increase the lead to double digits at 32-21 with four minutes remaining in the first half and took a 39-27 advantage into the locker room at halftime on the strength of eight points from Xavier Adams.
The Gorillas began pulling away early in the second half with a 17-3 run which extended the lead to 58-34.
The run was highlighted by six points from Jabari Antwine and included five points from Brandon Clifford.
The Lions responded with 12 unanswered points to pull them back to 14 points at 58-44, but the Gorillas pushed back with an 8-2 run to seal the win.
Adams led the way offensively with a team-high 18 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Lozoya and Antwine also had a big hand in the win with 16 and 15 points respectively.
The Gorillas will host Emporia State at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.