Arthur-Williams returns for Gorillas ahead of final MIAA stretch

Bobby Arthur-Williams played for the first time this season last week.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pitt State forward Bobby-Arthur Williams is back on the floor for the first time this season.

“It felt good to be out there with my teammates,” Arthur-Williams says, “Running four months off is hard work, but it felt good to get my legs loose and get in there.”

Arthur-Williams missed the first 12 games of the season due to injury. He played for the first time last week against Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri. In his first game back, Arthur-Williams posted a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds against Missouri Western.

It was a nice return after being sidelined for the first couple months of the season – watching the Gorillas go 3-9 to begin the year.

“It hurts because we were losing, and it’s hard when you know you’re a big contributor and you can make a difference,” Arthur-Williams says on watching Pitt State’s slow start from the sideline, “I just kept my head down and waited for my time.”

Arthur-Williams was Pitt State’s leading scorer and leading rebounder last season, going for 12 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

“He brings versatility. He’s a guy who can post up and can also shoot the perimeter shot,” says Pitt State head coach Kim Anderson, “Maybe more than anything, he’s an experienced guy who knows how to play. He was successful a year ago as an All-MIAA player. I think having a guy like that makes not only me, but everyone else a little more comfortable on the floor.”

The talented graduate student is hoping to provide a spark for the Gorillas in the final 14 games of the season.

“We want to win as many games as possible, to try to push ourselves into that 3 or 4 seed in the MIAA,” Arthur-Williams says, “We think we can do that. We think we have the pieces to do it, and it’s just up to us.”

It starts with a road trip this Saturday to face the rival Missouri Southern Lions.

“They’re a really good team. They blew us out last year by a lot, so we owe them one at their place,” Arthur-Williams says, “We’ll be ready. We have to go at them first. They’re well-coached and they have some guys on their team that can play. We just have to match their energy and exceed that energy.”

Pitt State travels to Joplin to face MSSU on Saturday. The women’s game begins at 1:30 PM, with the men’s game to follow at roughly 3:30 PM.