The Fort Hays Men’s Basketball team had no trouble beating Missouri Western Wednesday night as the Tigers won the game at Gross Memorial Coliseum 73-57.
The win moves the Tigers to 12-5 in the MIAA conference standings and 18-7 in total MIAA standings, making them second to Central Missouri in MIAA standings.
The Tigers scored early as they received the ball at tip off, shooting a 2-pointer and a 3-pointer. FHSU led until MWSU shot a 3-pointer to score. FHSU continued to score, shooting 50% of their shots and 33% of their 3-point attempts in the first half.
The team was led in the first half by junior Dwayne Brunson who led his team to 12 points, followed by senior Ben Congiusta and senior Rundell Mauge with 6 points each.
Their points helped them to maintain their lead as they led by as much as 16 points at 7:30 in the first half. Brunson led his team in rebounds with a total of 9 followed by senior Lance Russell with 3 as the Tigers racked up 15 total rebounds.
The team struggled in the first half, however, as they racked up 7 team fouls. Brunson and Mauge each racked up two personal fouls for their team. This caused MWSU to score as they put up 17 points alone from free throws. Despite their struggles, the Tigers were ahead of the Griffons 34-23 at halftime.
The Tigers continued to score in the second half as the men made 50% of their shots and 50% of their attempted 3-point shots. The Tigers scored 39 points in the second half compared to the Griffons 34 total points. Congiusa led his team in the second half with 9 total points, including 5 successful 3-point shots. The Tigers were also helped by Brunson and freshman Craig Nicholson with 8 total points.
The Tigers did well at maintaining their lead over MWSU as they led by as much as 19 points at 2:44 in the second half. Russell led his team in total rebounds with 6, including two offensive and four defensive rebounds.
The Tigers continued to struggle in the second half as they racked up 11 personal fouls, including three each from Congiusta and Mauge. The Griffons took advantage of the Tigers’ mistakes as they put up another 7 free-throw points. In the end, the Tigers proved to be successful as they won the game 73-57.
The Tiger men will play their last game of the season at home Friday night as they face Lincoln University, who is coming off a 10 game losing streak. With a win, the Tigers should secure their spot in the MIAA tournament, which begins March 4 in Kansas City, Mo.