From staff reports
LAS VEGAS —
Kaleb Porter tallied 17 points to lead four players in double figures, and Pittsburg State made enough free throws in the final minute to beat Dixie State 67-63 Wednesday night in the final game of the Las Vegas Challenge at Orleans Arena.
The Gorillas (9-1) led most of the game but trailed 63-62 after Zach Robbins’ jumper with 1:25 remaining.
Marky Nolen’s layup put PSU back in front with 1:02 to play, and Dixie State’s chance to regain the lead ended with a JaVon McGee steal. McGee was fouled and hit one free throw for a two-point lead with 37 seconds left.
The Red Storm missed a game-tying layup with 26 seconds left, and a free throw by Nolen with 26 seconds left and one by Courtney Ingram at 12 seconds gave the Gorillas their final margin.
Nolen contributed 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Gorillas. McGee scored 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds — six off the offensive glass — and Ingram had 10.
Steven Larson led Dixie State with 15 points.
Pitt State women bounce back
The Pittsburg State Gorillas women’s basketball team rebounded from Tuesday’s loss to crush the Dixie State Red Storm 81-58.
Pitt State’s Lizzy Jeronimus paced the Gorillas with 20 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals — all team highs. She was 6-of-12 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line.
Kylie Gafford added 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots, while Hailey Roderique scored 13.
Morgan Westhoff made 3-of-4 3-point goal attempts for nine points.
The Gorillas led 42-32 at halftime and continued to pull away in the second half.
Pitt State (7-3) made 24-of-61 of its field goals and 26-of-34 free throws.
Dixie State (6-5) was limited to 19-of-61 from the field and committed 20 turnovers. The Red Storm also made only 13-of-21 free throws.
Kaylah Miller and Mandy Munns led Dixie State with 14 points each.
The Gorillas lost 82-73 the day before in Las Vegas to the Academy of Art. Pitt State shot better from the field and the free-throw line but couldn’t slow down the Academy of Art’s offense, which received 23 points from Regina Camera and 20 from Jordan Roberts.
The Gorillas are idle until Jan. 3 when they entertain Nebraska-Kearney.