#23 Pitt State Rides Hot Start to 81-69 Win Over NWMSU PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg State University basketball team scored 12 of the games first 14 points, built a 48-22 halftime advantage and coasted to an 81-69 victory over Northwest Missouri State University Saturday (Feb. 12) at John Lance Arena. The Gorillas (19-4, 10-4 MIAA) claimed their fifth straight win and remained in third place in the MIAA standings, while the Bearcats (17-8, 7-7 MIAA) remained in a fourth-place tie in the standings. Junior guard Andy Wachter poured in a career-high 17 points, helping ease the absence of MIAA leading scorer Eddie Jackson (22.0 ppg) who missed the game due to an ankle injury suffered in an 82-76 win over Missouri Western Wednesday. Wachter, making his fifth straight start of the season, hit four 3-pointers in the game. The Pittsburg native has averaged 12.3 points per game in his last three outings. Senior guard Jason Taylor added a game-high 20 points for the Gorillas. Senior forward Wes Thornton had 15 points as Pitt State made 59.5 percent of its shots from the field (25 of 42). Austin Meyer had a team-high 15 points for the Bearcats, who made just 38.6 percent of their shots (22 of 57).