Wonder Boys Return to Action at Pitt State

Arkansas Tech University will resume the regular season portion of its 2014-15 men’s basketball schedule with a non-conference contest at Pittsburg State University on Wednesday, Dec. 31.

It will mark the first time in nine all-time meetings between the two programs that Arkansas Tech has faced the Gorillas on their home court.

The Wonder Boys have not played a regular season game since Dec. 17, when they defeated Southwestern Oklahoma State University 69-65 at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

In the interim, Arkansas Tech has played and lost an exhibition game at Stephen F. Austin University on Dec. 20.

The Wonder Boys will return home on Saturday, Jan. 3, for a Great American Conference game against the University of Arkansas-Monticello. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. The women’s game between the two institutions will take place at 1 p.m. that afternoon, also at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (6-5) at Pittsburg State Gorillas (5-4)
When: Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2 p.m.
Where: John Lance Arena, Pittsburg, Kan.
Radio/Internet: KWKK 100.9 FM/www.arkansastechsports.com
Series: Tech leads 5-3

About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech will look for its first victory on an opponent’s home floor this season. The Wonder Boys are 0-2 in true road games in 2014-15. Tech carries a two-game winning streak to Pittsburg State. One more victory would match the Wonder Boys’ longest winning streak so far this season. Arkansas Tech ranks No. 2 in the Great American Conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.328). Senior guard Mike Balogun (13.4 points per game) is the Wonder Boys’ leading scorer.

About the Gorillas: Pittsburg State has won four consecutive games, including a pair of victories in its first two home games of the season. The Gorillas defeated Arkansas Tech 76-56 in Russellville on Nov. 19. Senior guard Devon Branch led four Pitt State players in double figures in scoring with 18 points. Sophomore guard Josiah Gustafson and freshman guard Dakota Jones pitched in 12 points apiece for the Gorillas, while sophomore forward Trevor Gregory scored 11 points. Branch (17.0 points per game) and Gustafson (15.8 points per game) are Pitt State’s leading scorers in 2014-15.

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