Gorillas Fend Off Griffons For 85-82 Win

Pittsburg – Jake Bullard made five of six free throws in the game’s final 37 seconds to help Pittsburg State University hold off Missouri Western State University, 85-82, Saturday (Jan. 11) at John Lance Arena.

The Gorillas (6-6, 2-3 MIAA) led by just a point, 80-79, when Bullard was fouled on an in-bound play with 37 seconds to play. He made both charity shots for an 82-79 advantage.

Adarius Fulton missed a 3-point attempt with 21 seconds to play and Bullard was fouled five seconds later. He made both free throws again to stretch the margin to five, at 84-79.

Ryan Devers hit a deep 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining for the Griffons (7-8, 2-5 MIAA) to draw within two points, 84-82. Bullard made one of two free throws with 10 ticks left for the game’s final margin.

Dareon Jones missed a jumper just ahead of the final horn for Western.

Bullard led a balanced Pitt State offensive attack with 19 points. Sam Pugh came off the bench to fire in 16 points on 4-for-4 shooting from 3-point range. Devon Branch added 15 points and Alex Williams finished with 11.

The Gorillas shot 51.1 percent from the field (23-45) in the game and converted 33 of 40 free throw attempts.

Devers led four Griffons in double figures with 19 points. Charlie Marquardt (14), Fulton (13) and Cortrez Colbert (11) also scored in double digits for Western.

The Griffons shot just 36.1 percent from the field in the gmae (22-61), but Western knocked down eight 3-pointers and converted 30 of 37 free throws in the contest.

Pitt State will return to action Wednesday (Jan. 15) when the Gorillas travel to Emporia, Kan., to face Emporia State University.