The Fort Hays State University men’s basketball team won three of their six MIAA conference games during winter break. The Tigers are ranked 25th in the NABC Division II rankings.
The Tigers started the break with an 83-64 victory over Northwest Missouri State University. Scoring was spread out with four players scoring in double-digits. Seniors Moses Dayee and Matt Simmons each added 19 points to lead the Tigers. The Tigers shot 53 percent on a strong 30-of-56 shooting night.
After the start of the new year, the Tigers beat Truman State University 63-58. Juniors Kendrick Morse and Tyrone Phillips led the team in scoring with 14 points each. Simmons added 11 rebounds and seven points in the victory.
Following the Truman victory, the Tigers started on a three-game losing streak. The first came with a 78-40 loss to the University of Central Missouri. The Tigers struggled from the field, only shooting 25 percent. Senior Karron McKenzie led the team in scoring with 12 points. No other player scored over five points that night.
The second loss came at the hands of a close battle with Southwest Baptist University. The Tigers lost 68-63, their third of the season. Morse again led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points. Simmons had a big defensive night with nine defensive rebounds and two blocks.
Following the two losses, the Tigers had to take on 14th-ranked Missouri Southern University. Missouri Southern handed Fort Hays its fourth loss of the season by a score of 82-71. The Tigers again had a different leading scorer with junior Markus Yarbrough scoring 13 points. Morse and Phillips each added 12 points.
Following the three-game losing streak, the Tigers rebounded with a 76-66 victory over Pittsburg State University. The Tigers had a strong shooting night, hitting 57 percent of their shots. Dayee led the Tigers in scoring with 19 points. The Tigers also shot 80 percent from the free-throw line.
The Tigers are 12-4 and 6-4 in the MIAA. The Tigers will play host to Lincoln University at 4 p.m. on Saturday.