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February 20, 2014

Finale fireworks

Hobbs’ game-winner lifts NSU to victory in Gipson’s final home game

(Continued)

Women: Pittsburg State 63, Northeastern State 46

Lane Lord had 14 players at his disposal on Wednesday night. Northeastern State had eight.

Advantage, Pittsburg State. And Lord took full advantage.

“That was our game plan,” Lord said of wearing down the short-handed RiverHawks. “We wanted to try and press for the first 15 minutes of the game, and we just wanted to see where we were at that point.”

The Gorillas (20-6, 13-3 MIAA) were in full control after 15 minutes had elapsed.

Carrington Fox — NSU’s lone senior — pulled NSU to within 3 (18-15) at the 8:03 mark of the first half, but that’s as close as NSU would get the rest of the night.

Pittsburg State — which extended its winning streak to nine games on the same day it found out it was ranked sixth in the Central Region rankings — led 38-24 at halftime and never let NSU get any closer than 16 points in the second half.

“I think for whatever reason we were a little flat right from the start,” said NSU coach Randy Gipson, whose team dropped to 10-13 overall and 7-9 in league play. “They’re a team that’s really playing well right now and they have great depth, and we didn’t get out of the gates good, I didn’t feel.”

Eleven players scored for Pittsburg State, which was led by Cathy Brugman’s 13-point effort. Lizzy Jeronimus — the league’s second-leading scorer — and Antqunita Reed both tallied 12 points apiece for the Gorillas, who shot 43.9 percent (25-of-47) from the field.

The RiverHawks — who were 16-of-45 (35.6 percent) from the field — were led by Chelsey Beathard, who logged 14 points. Fox was NSU’s only other double-digit scorer with 11 points.

Up next for NSU is a road contest against rival Central Oklahoma on Saturday. Tip time is at 1:30 p.m.

Men: NSU 61, Pittsburg State 60

Pitt 28 32 - 60

NSU 27 34 - 61

Pittsburg State (7-16, 3-13): Jake Bullard 14, Trevor Gregory 10, Kjer 9, Cordray 9, Branch 7, Williams 6, Gustafson 5.

NSU (13-10, 8-8): Bryton Hobbs 22, Curtis Evans 11, Harmon 8, Sheppard 7, DeMasters 7, Qualls 6.

Women: Pitt State 63, NSU 46

Pitt 38 25 - 63

NSU 24 22 - 46

Pittsburg State (20-6, 13-3): Cathy Brugman 13, Lizzy Jeronimus 12, Antuqnita Reed 12, Westhoff 7, Snell 4, Roderique 4, Herlocker 3, Muff 2, Bordewick 2, Hesser 2.

NSU (10-13, 7-9): Chelsey Beathard 14, Carrington Fox 11, Lewis 7, Tate 4, Bellamy 3, Cowan 3, Sagely 2, Walker 2.

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