Buzzer Beater Lifts PSU Men Over UCO

Buzzer Beater Lifts PSU Men Over UCO

RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE ATHLETICS:

PITTSBURG — Grant Lozoya hit a buzzer beating 3-point field goal from a step inside half court to lift the Pittsburg State University men’s basketball team to a 77-76 victory over the University of Central Oklahoma Saturday (Dec. 8) at John Lance Arena/Whetzel Court.

The Gorillas (7-1, 2-0 MIAA) led by 11 points, 55-44, with 14:57 to play in the game but the Broncho (5-4, 0-2 MIAA) stormed back down the stretch to lead 76-73 with 5.2 seconds remaining.

Lozoya was fouled and made one of two free throws with four seconds to go and UCO’s Ashford Golden left the door open for Pitt State by missing the front end of a one-and-one with 2.8 seconds left.

Pitt State’s Trenton Clayton rebounded the miss and the Gorillas called their final timeout with 2.1 seconds left to set up the game’s final play. Demetrius Levarity inbounded the ball to Lozoya in backcourt and he drove frantically toward half court then leapt over UCO’s Adarius Avery and fired the game-winning shot.

Lozoya led all scorers with 28 points on 11 of 18 shooting in the contest. He added a game-high nine rebounds and dished out five assists as well. Donovan Franklin added 14 points and six rebounds, while Levarity chipped in with 13 points.

Avery finished the contest with 25 points and seven rebounds for UCO, while Golden added 16 points.