Pitt State prepares for MIAA opener vs. Newman

The Gorillas host the Jets Wednesday night.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg State men’s basketball team hosts Newman on Wednesday night at 7:30 in their first MIAA game of the year.

Pitt State is 1-5 through their first six non-conference games.

The Gorillas are already dealing with plenty of injuries, giving head coach Kim Anderson an extended look at a lot of guys early in the season.

“We started off with 17 guys. We redshirted our two freshmen and then we have three guys who are hurt, so maybe having 17 was a good idea,” Anderson says, “We got a lot of guys a lot of playing time. Candidly, I think there’s still competition. There’s going to be competition all year. It comes down to production. If you play well, you get to play more. If you don’t play well, you play less.”

The PSU men split their two meetings with Newman last season – with each team winning on the road.

Both games were one-possession games.

“It’s funny. When we went over there, we were behind most of the game and we came back and won at the end. When they came here, they were behind most of the game and came back and won at the end,” Anderson says of last year’s meetings with Newman, “They have a lot of their guys back and they’ve added a couple new players who are really good. It’s going to be 40 minutes. There’s not going to be a rest time. You’re going to have to play your best game for 40 minutes.”