Hornets shuffle lineup in loss at Pittsburg State

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PITTSBURG, Kan. (Emporia State Athletics) - Emporia State shuffled their starting lineup and got off to a good start, but could not hold on in a 90-66 loss at Pittsburg State on Wednesday night.

Kam Rowan, Grant Shell and Danny Hodge all got their first starts of the season for Emporia State and the Hornets jumped out to a 7-4 lead capped by Rowan's old fashioned three-point play with 15:49 left in the first half. A Sawyer Glick three-pointer kept the Hornets within two at 12-10 with 13:28 left when the Gorillas went on a 16-0 run. Their lead reached 20 at 34-14 with 6:36 left when the Hornets went on a 7-0 mini-run to cut the lead to 34-21 on a Justin Washington three with 3:49 left. Marquis McCray scored with 1:21 left to keep the deficit at 36-23 but Pitt State scored the final four points of the half to take a 40-23 lead to the locker rooms.

The Hornets scored six of the first nine points in the second half and trailed 43-29 with 17:29 remaining. An 14-5 run by the Gorillas pushed the lead out to 57-34 with 12:03 left and the deficit would stay at least 20 points for the next seven minutes. A McCray bucket with 4:45 left cut the margin to 70-51. A Donovan Franklin three-pointer put Pitt State up 75-53 with 3:54 left when Emporia State went on an 11-4 run to make it 79-64 with 2:13 remaining. The Gorillas ended the game on an 11-2 run, hitting three three-pointers in the final 1:35 for the final score.

Sawyer Glick was the leading scorer for Emporia State with 14 points and he was joined in double figures by Justin Washington with 11 and Malik Hluchoweckyj with ten points. Marquis McCray had career highs of nine points on four of five shooting and ten rebounds.

The Hornets are back in action on Saturday, January 26 when they take on Missouri Southern. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. at Leggett & Platt Center in Joplin, Mo.