Glidden Tallies Career Best 17|
The Pittsburg State menís basketball team shot 50 percent from the field and forced 21 turnovers to pull away from Nebraska-Kearney, 76-62, Thursday night in Kansas.
Pitt improves to 10-1 (3-0) but the Lopers (3-8, 0-3) still lead the all-time series, 24-7. This was the first meeting between the two since the 1998-99 season.
Both teams were strong offensively in the second half, UNK making 51.7% (15 of 29) of its shots and Pitt coming in at an even 60% (15 of 25).
Out rebounding a Gorilla squad that came in with a plus 9.6 rebounding margin for the season, the Lopers grabbed a 41-39 lead early in the second half on a bucket by junior post Kendal Glidden (Benkelman).
Pitt followed with a three point play and two more free throws to grab the lead for good. UNK kept the deficit under 10 points until the eight minute mark.
A balanced Gorilla attack featured 18 points, four rebounds and three steals from post JaVon McGee and 10 points and four assists from freshman guard Kaleb Porter. Off the bench, Jake Bullard had 11 points (6 of 8 free throws) in 18 minutes.
Among the national leaders in free throws made and attempted, Pitt was 18 of 26 at the line compared to UNKís 6 of 7 effort. Both Glidden and junior Mike Dentlinger (Millard North) were saddled with four fouls for most of the second half.
Continuing his fine play of late, Glidden (Dundy County Stratton H.S.) scored a career-high 17 points on 8 of 9 shooting. Playing 21 minutes off the pine, he made 8 of 9 shots and also grabbed four rebounds.
The other Loper in double digits was sophomore forward Tyler Shields, who had 12 thanks to four made triples. The Kearney H.S. graduate also had a team-best seven rebounds and two assists.
UNK is at Northeastern State Saturday afternoon. NSU is now 10-1 after a 76-61 win over Fort Hays State Thursday.