State Colleges

Newman knocks off Pittsburg State

Newman rode a balanced scoring attack and its defense to a 68-46 victory against Pittsburg State at Fugate Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

It's Newman's first win against the Gorillas since 1987.

Jaray Mathews led the Jets with a game-high 19 points.

"We know what we can do, we know what our team is capable of doing," Mathews said. "We have a lot of guys that can score. We pass up a lot of shots and tonight we didn't hold anything back."

Newman's defense forced 23 turnovers , 15 in the first half, and never let Pittsburg State back in it. Mathews also got it done on the defensive end with five steals and three blocks.

"Jaray brings that defensive effort to our team," Newman coach Mark Potter said. "He came out of nowhere a couple times and blocked some shots. People don't realize how big that is not only as a block but as a mindset to the other team."

Chip Steven and Keaton Shultz led the Jets from outside with a combined 20 points on 6-of-8 three-point shooting.

Justin Berry had 16 points, all from inside the paint, giving Newman a great balance.

"Keaton and Jaray hit some threes that were huge and we started getting the ball back inside to Justin Berry so that gave us a little bit of outside-inside," Potter said.

Newman jumped out to a 10-5 lead as Shultz started the game with two three-point baskets. Newman then went six minutes without a basket and Pittsburg State fought back to take an 18-10 lead.

"We got that great start again tonight but we still hit that lull where we absolutely couldn't score," Potter said.

The defense on Spencer Magana and the rest of Pittsburg State helped fuel that spurt.

Then, Newman outscored the Gorillas 22-2 to end the half.

"We started getting some stops and we really wanted to make sure we didn't let Magana get going tonight," Potter said.

In the second half, Newman never let off the pedal. Part of that may come from last year's buzzer-beater loss to Pittsburg State.

"We lost to them last year at the buzzer and we wanted to come out here and make a point." Mathews said.

PITTSBURG ST.: Grace 14, Master 13, Magana 9, Owens 2, Smith 2, Robinson 2, Rogers 2, Walker 2. Totals 16-44 12-16 46.

NEWMAN: Mathews 19, Berry 16, Schultz 14, Darby 7, Steven 6, Brumbelow 4, Northington 2. Totals 25-53 8-17 68.

Halftime — Newman 32, Pittsburg 20. 3's — Pittsburg 2-12 (Masters, Magana); Newman 10-20 (Mathews 4, Schultz 4, Steven 2). Rebounds — Pittsburg 32 (Grace 5); Newman 30 (Mathews 4, Darby 4). Total fouls — Pittsburg 13, Newman 16. Assists — Pittsburg 6 (Grace 2, Smith 2), Newman 17 (Darby 5).

KWU women 72, Newman 69

KANSAS WESLEYAN: Wilkinson 28, Babcock 18, Santee 15, Frost 5, Alexander 3, Lewis 3. Totals 24-63 14-21 72.

NEWMAN: Forshee 18, Nickel 15, Pitts 9, Meli. Brockleman 7, Nachbor 7, Freeman 6, Mela. Brockleman 4,Leinberger 2, Teeter 1. Totals 27-73 8-20 69.

Halftime — Newman 37, KWU 26. Regulation — Newman 60, KWU 60. 3's — KWU 10-25 (Babcock 5, Wilkinson 4, Alexander); Newman 7-14 (Nickel 4, Freeman 2, Forshee). Rebounds — KWU 33 (Frost 6, Santee 6); Newman 63 (Forshee 16). Total fouls — KWU , 18; Newman 19. Assists — KWU 14 (Wilkinson 5), Newman 15 (Nickel 5).