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Ferris State knocks Pitt State out of Division II playoffs

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – (WATCH) Ferris State tops Pitt State 17-14 in the second round of the Division II playoffs Saturday afternoon.

The Bulldog defense tallied 9 sacks on the day against the Gorillas, including six from DE Caleb Murphy.

The Gorillas end the season with a 12-1 overall record.

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Gorillas roll by St. Mary in home opener; Gerber posts double-double

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Pitt State tops St. Mary 95-63 in their home opener Wednesday night.

Karenna Gerber posts a double-double for the Gorillas with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Jenna Shipley goes 8-13 from the floor to finish with 20 points. Grace Pyle (18 pts, 4-5 3pt) and Tristan Gegg (13 pts) were also in double figures for Pitt State.

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Jones leads MSSU over Missouri S&T; Lions off to 6-0 start

JOPLIN, Mo. – (WATCH) Missouri Southern tops Missouri S&T 73-50 Wednesday night to get to 6-0 this season.

Kryslyn Jones leads the Lions with 18 points. Madi Stokes (10 pts) and Amaya Johns (10 pts, 7 reb) were also in double figures for Missouri Southern.

Kaitlin Hunnicutt finishes with 9 points and 5 rebounds. Layne Skiles adds 8 points and 6 rebounds. Lacy Stokes posts a team-high 7 assists.

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Gorillas prepare for second round showdown with Ferris State

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Pitt State prepares for their second round playoff matchup with Ferris State.

The Gorillas are 12-0 and are the #3 seed in the region, while the defending national champion Bulldogs are 10-1 and are the #2 seed.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 12 PM.

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Missouri Southern dominates Tabor to earn third straight win

WATCH: Missouri Southern dominates Tabor 75-45 in its home opener. Tyriqe Jackson leads the Lions with a career-high 16 points. Christian Bundy adds 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals and Parker Long tallies 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Southern is now 3-2 this season.

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Gorillas dominate Indianapolis in playoff opener

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) #4 Pitt State beats #13 UIndy 35-0 in the first round of the Division II playoffs Saturday.

Pitt State will travel to face Ferris State in the second round next weekend.

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Long, Taggart lead Lions over Illinois-Springfield; McMahon earns first win as head coach

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Parker Long and Avery Taggart lead Missouri Southern to an 89-80 win over Illinois-Springfield Friday night at the Pitt State Classic.

Long was 9-12 from the field and finished with a team-high 23 points, while Taggart scored 20 points and added 5 asssists. Vinson Sigmon Jr. (15 pts) and Lawson Jenkins (14 pts) were also in double figures for the Lions.

Friday’s win was the first win for MSSU head coach Sam McMahon as the leader of the Lions’ basketball program.

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Gorillas fall to Quincy; English posts double-double for Gorillas

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Pitt State falls to Quincy 82-58 Friday night at the Pitt State Classic.

Marque English posts a double-double for the Gorillas with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Pitt State will be back in action Saturday night vs. Illinois-Springfield at 7:30 PM.

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Four Webb City seniors sign to play college baseball

WEBB CITY, Mo. – Four Webb City High School seniors signed on Friday afternoon to continue their baseball careers in college.

Kenley Hood is headed to Highland CC in Kansas, while Walker Sweet, Cy Darnell and Kaylor Darnell signed to play in Joplin for the Missouri Southern Lions.

“My main goal is to get bigger and to keep throwing harder,” Kaylor Darnell says, “I want to be a starter for Missouri Southern and just be a good player for them. It’s a great fit for me. It’s also a great fit for my education. Some of the other schools that offered me really didn’t have that fit.”

“The atmosphere is good and I like the players there. I like the all turf field, too. I think the location is probably one of the big reasons,” says Cy Darnell, whose father, Bryce, is the head coach at Missouri Southern, “I like the assistant coach,” he adds with a laugh, “Yeah, I like the assistant coach.”

“They’ve had really successful seasons year in and year out,” Sweet says of signing to MSSU, “The communication they keep with their players and atmosphere they have is really what stood out to me. The first year I really just want to develop as a player and a teammate, and hopefully get some playing time my freshman year.”

“Coach Hay is a great guy. I’ve been in contact with him for a couple years now,” Hood says of why he chose Highland CC, “It really just seemed like home. It’s a small college up there and it’s a great town.”

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Gorillas prepare to face UIndy in first playoff game since 2014

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg State Gorillas are back in the Division II national football playoffs.

The Gorillas (11-0) will host the GLVC champion University of Indianapolis (9-1) in the first round on Saturday.

Pitt State heads into the weekend ranked #4 in the national poll, while UIndy is #13.

Saturday’s game will be a tough test for the Pitt State offense. The Greyhounds have the #1 rush defense in the nation, allowing just 54 yards per game on the ground.

“Their front 7 really attacks the ball,” says Pitt State offensive lineman Kory Woodruff, “It doesn’t seem to me like they’re really concerned about the back end. They give up a lot of explosive pass plays and stuff like that. They really try to sell out to stop the run, and that’s not really something that we’ve seen.”

“If you’re going to commit that much to stopping the run, there’s things you can do on the perimeter or through play action passing where you believe you may have an opportunity to make some plays,” says head coach Brian Wright on facing an aggressive UIndy front.

“I think it starts with dominating the line of scrimmage,” Woodruff adds, “They have a good defense and good linebackers. They blitz a lot. They play heavy run a lot. It just starts with dominating the line of scrimmage and letting our playmakers make plays.”

Saturday’s game will be Pitt State’s first appearance in the playoffs since 2014.

The Gorillas lack playoff experience – but they’re excited for the opportunity they have ahead of them – and happy to bring playoff football back to Pittsburg.

“It feels good to bring back what they expect,” Woodruff says on earning a home playoff game in front of Gorilla fans, “The standard is the standard. This is what we came here for. We came here to play in games like this. It feels good to be back at this point, but we’re not done yet.”

“It means a lot. I’m glad we could do it for our seniors this year,” says Pitt State LB Dubem Okonkwo, “Guys like PJ Sarwinski, Morgan Selemaea, Brandon Mlekus and Zeke Wall. The fact we get to do it with them…they came back another year and they put their jobs on hold and came back for us. It means a lot and I’m glad we could do it for them this year.”

“There’s nothing quite like The Jungle,” Woodruff finishes, “My opportunities are limited to play here. Any opportunity I have to play here, I’m excited about it and I’m ready to go.”

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is at 1 PM at Carnie Smith Stadium in Pittsburg.