Gorilla Men Lose Heartbreaker in Edmond
EDMOND, OK – The game came down to the final seconds, but a costly turnover and a Central Oklahoma three-point play in the waning ticks ended the game with a 74-73 Pitt State loss on Saturday (Feb. 1) at Hamilton Arena.
Pitt State did not score in the final 1:52 of the game. At the point, the team led 73-67. UCO’s Cal Andrews hit a three with 1:13 to go to cut Pitt State’s lead to three, 73-70, with 1:13 on the clock. Josh Gibbs was fouled and hit the second of two charity shots making it a two point game.
Pitt State was able to inbound the ball, but could not get the ball across half court within 10 seconds, resulting in a turnover with 15 seconds left. The Bronchos Aaron Anderson hit a layup and was fouled to tie the game. He made the free throw to complete the three-point play and give the team the lead.
The Gorillas had a chance in the last nine seconds, but missed a shot, ending the game in the loss.
Devon Branch came alive in the second half after only scoing four points in the first half, to lead the Gorillas with 22. Jake Bullard added 14, Connor Kjer, 12, and Terrell Eaddy 10. Ethan Cordray was just under double figures with nine.
Pitt State shot only 38 percent from the floor overall, including 40 percent from three-point range. The Gorillas made 85 percent of its charity shots, led by Branch who missed his first two, but went on to hit 12 straight.
Eaddy led the Gorillas with eight rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass. Branch and Kjer each added six rebounds.
The Bronchos had four players in double figures, led by Josh Gibbs with 22. The team shot 45 percent over all and 39 percent from long range, but made 13 threes in the game.
The Gorillas did not shoot as well as they would have liked in the first half, shooting only 33 percent overall and 18 percent from long range. Central Oklahoma shot only slightly better overall at 40 percent, but was 7-of-17 from long range to help them to a 33-29 lead at the half.
The Gorillas fall to 7-11 overall and 3-8 in league play.
Pitt State will return to action for two home games next week, beginning with a 7:30 p.m. matchup with Southwest Baptist on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Saturday (Feb. 8) will feature a rematch with the Bronchos at 3:30 p.m.