Gorillas aim to find offensive rhythm against Lincoln

Pitt State hosts Lincoln Wednesday night.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pitttsburg State men will host Lincoln on Wednesday night, aiming to avoid a fourth consecutive loss.

Pitt State is currently 2-8 overall, including a 1-3 mark in MIAA play.

Part of the reason for the team’s early-season struggle has been inefficiency on offense. The Gorillas are averaging an MIAA-low 63.6 points per game, and are shooting just 41% from the floor – which is the 2nd-worst mark in the league.

Last time out, the team shot 24% from the field in a 59-42 loss to Northeastern State.

“Part of it is we’re not making shots,” says head coach Kim Anderson, “If you go back and you chart things and you try to figure out why, part of the reason is that we’re not taking good shots all the time. That comes back to execution. It’s something that we’ve worked on, trying to get better shots…shots that are maybe more within our offense. We just need to be more efficient.”

Another reason for the lack of consistency so far is that Pitt State has been dealing with a handful of injuries early in the season.

The Gorillas are currently without four of their players – including Bobby Arthur Williams and Quentin Hardrict, who were the team’s top two returning scorers from last season.

“It’s been hard, because a lot of the time you don’t even know who’s going to be available for practice,” Anderson adds, “We have to be more consistent for 40 minutes. We might be good for ten and awful for five, but those five kill us. Good teams have to be able to play 40 minutes. Certainly that’s what we’re working to do.”

Pitt State hosts Lincoln Wednesday, with the women’s game beginning at 5:30 PM and the men’s game beginning at roughly 7:30 PM.