Pitt State edges Emporia State

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Emporia State men’s basketball fell 73-69 to Pittsburg State on Thursday in White Auditorium. The Hornets led for nearly 30 minutes in the game, but could not hold on against the Gorillas late second half surge.

The game remained scoreless for nearly three minutes before the Gorillas broke the silence with a three pointer at the 17:10 mark. The Hornets took the lead with a 5-0 mini run with 15:39 remaining in the half and would lead 18-11 with 8:47 on the clock when Sawyer Glick knocked down a three. The Gorillas would fight back to take a 27-23 lead with 3:30 left in the half before the Hornets closed out the first half on a 10-4 run to take a 33-31 lead into the break.

The Gorillas scored first out of the break but the Hornets answered quick to regain the lead 35-33 with a layup from Kam Rowan with 18:33 on the clock. After two more tie scores, the Hornets took their largest lead of the game at 62-48 with 10:18 left on the clock when Julius Jackson knocked down a jumper. The Gorillas used an 8-0 run to cut the Hornets lead to 62-56 with 8:03 on the clock before the two teams went on a 2:41 scoring drought. 

Jackson broke the drought with a jumper at the 5:22 mark to give the Hornets the 64-56 lead. The seventh tie of the game came at 67-67 with 1:41 on the clock on a free throw from Pitt State’s Christian Edmondson. Edmondson knocked down the second of his free throws to give the Gorillas the 68-67 lead. With 24 seconds left, the Gorillas knocked down a three that would seal the game en route to their 73-69 win.

The Hornets were led by Julius Jackson with 22 points. He was joined in double figures by Malik Hluchoweckyj with 16 points and Hassan Thomas with 12. Aaron McGee led the team with 11 rebounds while Hluchoweckyj and Jackson each had three assists.

The Hornets will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 23 as they play host to Missouri Southern. Tip off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. in White Auditorium.

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