The Fort Hays State University men’s basketball team won their fifth straight game Saturday at Gross Memorial Coliseum as the Tigers defeated the University of Nebraska-Kearney Lopers 94-68. The win moves the Tigers to number 2 in the MIAA conference standings at 9-4 and 15-6 in the total MIAA standings.
The Tigers got off to an early lead as they got the ball at the tip off. The team scored early as they scored a 3-pointer within the first 15 seconds of the first half. They continued to shoot 3-pointers, shooting nine of them in the first half with 64.3% of these total shots made.
Fort Hays proved most successful in the first half at the free-throw line as they made 7 free-throw shots, with 77.8% of their attempted free throws made. The team was also strong when it came to total rebounds with the Tigers having 17. By the end of the first half, the Tigers had a 30 point lead over the Lopers as they led 62-32.
Despite the Tiger’s lead, they struggled when it came to personal fouls. The team racked up 11 personal fouls within the first half with the Lopers scoring 10 points from their attempted free throws.
The Tigers continued to lead well into the second half as they made four 3-point shots. At the free throw line, Fort Hays made two out of their five attempted free throws for a 40% success rate.
When it came to personal fouls, the Tigers continued to struggle into the second half. The team received 14 personal fouls in the second half, raising their game total to 25 total personal fouls.
In the end, the Tigers won the game 94-68. They made 54.5% of their shots. Of these total shots, the Tigers made 59.1% of their 3-point shots and 64.3% of their shots at the free throw line. Fort Hays was also at the top of their game making 32 total rebounds.
Freshman Craig Nicholson and Junior Carson Konrade led the Tigers in points with 16 points each. Nicholson led his team with 11 assists followed by senior Lance Russell with five assists. Russell also led his team with 3 total steals followed by Nicholson with 2.
Nicholson proved that he was able to make shots for his team, as his only unsuccessful shot was a free-throw shot.
The Tigers have three straight road games ahead of them. They face Northwest Missouri State on Wednesday before facing a rematch with the University of Nebraska-Kearney next Saturday.