Franklin comes up big down the stretch in Gorillas’ win

PSU Athletics 
Dan Wilkes, Associate Athletic Director for Communications

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Donovan Franklin scored the game’s final nine points, including the eventual game-winning 3-pointer with 16.2 seconds to play as the Pittsburg State University men’s basketball team defeated Maryville (Mo.) University, 71-66, Monday.

The Gorillas improved to 3-1 on the season while handing the Saints (3-1) their first loss of the season in game three of the 2018 MIAA Showcase at Municipal Auditorium.

Pitt State led 57-47 with 10:19 to play in the contest, but Maryville stormed back with a 12-0 run for a 59-57 with 5:56 to go. The Gorillas battled back for a 62-59 advantage on Marcel Cherry’s layup with 3:48 to go.

Chaz Glotta countered with a seven-point flurry thanks to a pair of 3-pointers and a free throw to complete a four-point play for a 66-62 MU lead with 1:40 remaining.

Franklin made a jumper with 1:29 to pull Pitt State within two points. The Gorillas then forced a turnover and Franklin tied the game with a bucket with 52 ticks left.

MU’s Casey Teson missed a 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining and Franklin gave Pitt State the lead with his shot from the top of the key with 16.2 seconds to go.

Glotta missed on a guarded 3-pointer in the waning seconds and Franklin hit a pair of free throws with 0.2 seconds left for the game’s final margin.

Franklin led all scorers with 22 points. He added a game-high 11 rebounds for a double-double.

Grant Lozoya also added a double-double for the Gorillas with 18 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out of the game with 6:37 to play. Demetrius Levarity also scored in double figures with 14 points for Pitt State.

Glotta scored a team-leading 21 point for the Saints, while Robin Thompson added 10 points.

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