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Hornets, Gorillas Split In Emporia

Posted: 11:22 PM Feb 20, 2013
Reporter: ESU Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)

The Emporia State men moved to 12-11 on the year with an 88-82 win over Pittsburg State while the Lady Hornets saw their nine game winning streak come to an end with a 63-60 loss to the Gorillas on Wednesday night in White Auditorium.

Women's Recap
February 20, 2013-The Emporia State Lady Hornets saw their nine game winning streak come to an end in a 63-60 loss to Pittsburg State in White Auditorium on Wednesday night.

The Hornets jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game. Pitt State came back to take a 13-12 lead with 11:33 left. There would be a total of five lead changes in the first half before the Gorillas took a six point lead with 2:51 left. The Lady Hornets would end the half on a 7-2 run to trail 29-28 at the half.

A three pointer by Rachel Hanf gave Emporia State a 33-31 lead with 16:16 left in the half to start an 8-0 run. The Gorillas came back to take the lead for good at 45-42 with 9:34 left on Alexa Bordewick's three pointer as the shot clock expired.

Pitt State extended their lead to eight on three occassions the last at 59-51 with 3:46 left. Emporia State answered with a 7-0 run with the last coming on a layup by Merissa Quick with 2:20 left. Lauren Brown and Quick traded baskets to make it 61-60 Pitt State with 54 seconds left.

Brigit Hesser hit one of two free throws with 21 seconds left to give the Gorillas a 62-60 lead. The Lady Hornets worked the clock down and Quick missed a jumper with two seconds left nad Hesser was fouled with .4 seconds left. She hit one of two free throws for the final score.

Quick ended with a career high 31 points for the Lady Hornets while Rachel Hanf added a double-double of 11 points and ten rebounds.

The Lady Hornets will continue their home stand on Saturday afternoon against Northeastern State. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. The Lady Hornet Alumnae Game will be held at 12 noon and former All-American Alli Volkens will have her jersey retired prior to the tip-off at approximately 3:20 p.m.

Men's Recap
February 20, 2013-Chris Sights had a career high 29 points with 19 in the second half as Emporia State defeated Pittsburg State 88-82 in White Auditorium on Wednesday night. He led four players in double figures for the Hornets.

Sights started the game converting a four-point play and the Hornets would lead 14-7 with 16:10 left in the first half. The Gorillas came back with a 15-2 run to go ahead 22-16 with 11:23 left in the half. They would push their lead to nine before Emporia State ended the half on a 8-2 run to close within 39-36 at the half.

Kaleb Wright and Sights hit jumpers to start the second half and give the Hornets a 40-39 lead 53 seconds into the second half. Sights converted his second four point play of the night with 16:06 left to give the Hornets a 48-43 lead. The Gorillas then went on a 7-0 lead to retake the lead at 50-48 with 14:24 remaining.

Pitt State led 54-52 with 12:36 left when Emporia State went on an 11-0 run capped by a Terrence Moore break away dunk to take a 63-54 lead with 10:16 left. The Gorillas kept coming back and pulled to within 68-67 on a three-pointer by Kaleb Porter with 6:11 remaining. Paul Bunch answered with a dunk to ignite an 11-0 run as the Hornets pushed their lead to ten at 79-69 with 4:11 left. Emporia State then hit five of eight free throws in the final two minutes to secure the win.

Sights hit 11 of 15 shots form the field and four of five from behind the three point line for his 29 points. He was joined in double figures by Wright with 13 points, Gavin Brown with 12 and Paul Bunch with 11 points. Bunch had a game high eight rebounds and six blocked shots for the Hornets.

Emporia State will continue their home stand on Saturday against Northeastern State. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. The Annual Hornet Basketball Alumni Game will be held earlier in the day starting at 1 p.m. in White Auditorium.
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