The Pitt State men ride a five game winning streak down the final stretch

Multiple players are contributing to their recent success.

The Pitt State men’s basketball team have found their stride. They have beaten the past five opponents they have faced.

“We’re starting to gel. Our chemistry has improved.  I think that guys are more accepting of their roles and they know what is it that they do well,” says head coach, Kim Anderson.

It’s been a true team effort. Many different players have been making big impacts.

“We are a team that’s probably devoid of a super, super star, but we have a lot of really good players and they can all do different things,” Anderson says.

Ryan Pippins, a guard for the Gorillas, and forward Antonio Givens have been huge contributors lately. Pippins had 27 points and 7 rebounds in last Thursday’s game against Central Missouri. Two days later, at home against Lincoln, Givens had a career night of his own, scoring 20 points.

“We try to go into each game showing we want to win ball games each and every day,” Pippins says.

Prior to the season starting, PSU was ranked seventh in the MIAA preseason coaches poll.  Now, their 10-7 record puts them near the top of the league.

As the season progresses, the Gorillas have improved tremendously.

“It is a big chip on our shoulder. We are trying to keep chipping away and keep a cushion on our spot, so that we can have a good spot going into the [MIAA] tournament,” says Pippin of the preseason poll.

PSU still has five more games to play before the MIAA tournament. They hit the road to take on number three ranked Northwest Missouri on Thursday.

The final stretch may be tough, but Pitt State knows what they need to do to get successful results: continue to heat up instead of burn out.

“Good preparation is important. We need to try to keep an even keel. We’ve been trying to take it a little easier because guys have played 17 games now. It’s that time of year when guys need rest during the week so that they can play two games in three days,” Anderson says.