Wednesday, May 18 2022

Jan. 27 – Northeast State basketball teams will be back on the road Thursday to take on Pittsburg State after long homestands.

The NSU men, who earned a 59-50 victory over Lincoln on Saturday, January 22 at the NSU Event Center, ended a four-game winless streak. The RiverHawks are 9-9 overall and 4-8 in MIAA play.

Forward Emeka Obukwelu, who scored a game-high 21 rebounds and grabbed 12 rebounds against Lincoln, leads NSU in both scoring (17.2 points) and rebounding (9.3). Obukwelu is shooting 54.8% overall and 80.6% from the free-throw line.

Guards Christian Cook and Rashad Perkins also have double-digit averages for the RiverHawks. Cook is averaging 16.7 points, leads the team in 3-pointers (38), and is shooting 45.2 percent from 3-point territory. Perkins is averaging 12.8 points and leads NSU in overall shooting percentage (58.1).

Saturday’s win came after road losses to Central Oklahoma and Newman, and home losses to Missouri Southern and Central Missouri.

Pittsburg State (4-14, 3-9) has lost its last five games, most recently to Fort Hays State (70-51) on Saturday, January 22.

The Gorillas are paced by Iziah James, who averages 10.9 points. Cameron Huefner is averaging 9.5 points.

NSU, ​​which defeated the Gorillas, 59-42, at the NSU Event Center on Dec. 11, will stay on the road Saturday when it takes on Missouri Southern.

NSU Women looking to rebound: The RiverHawks (4-13, 2-9) are coming off a 58-46 loss to No. 17 Nebraska-Kearney on Tuesday at the NSU Event Center.

The RiverHawks, who suffered a 65-51 loss to Pittsburg State in the December 11 first meeting at the NSU Event Center, are led by Maleeah ​​Langstaff. Langstaff, the MIAA Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week, had a triple-double (32 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists) against Lincoln on Saturday, January 22. She is averaging 16.5 points and 9.6 rebounds.

Pittsburg State, which has lost its last two games, enters Thursday’s contest with an 11-7 record overall and 6-6 in the MIAA. The Gorillas fell to Nebraska-Kearney (72-58) and Fort Hays State (86-82) in their previous two outings.

Pittsburg State is led in scoring by Tristan Gegg, who is averaging 16.6 points. Erin Davis and Jayme Jackson both average 9.6 points.

The RiverHawks will visit southern Missouri on Saturday.

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