Central Missouri (6-13, 6-13 MIAA) at
Fort Hays State (10-9, 10-9 MIAA)
Saturday, February 20, 2021 • 4 p.m.
Hays, Kan. • Gross Memorial Coliseum
Radio: KJLS (103.3-FM)
Game Sponsor - Hays Regional Airport
Fort Hays State Men's Basketball plays the second game of a three-game homestand on Saturday (Feb. 20) when it hosts Central Missouri at 4 pm. The Tigers enter the contest in a three-way tie for sixth place in the MIAA at 10-9, just one game back of third-place teams that hold a record of 11-8, while the Mules are 6-13. The top eight teams in the MIAA will earn a spot in the conference tournament.
The Tigers have just three games remaining in the regular season, which includes Saturday's contest with the Mules. Central Missouri won the first meeting with FHSU this season in Warrensburg by a score of 71-64. The Tigers and Mules meet in Hays for the first time since the 2016-17 season as the last four meetings have been in Warrensburg. FHSU won the last two meetings in Hays.
The Tigers have won two straight after a 15-point win at Northeastern State and a 17-point win over Lincoln. FHSU is 4-1 in the month of February so far. The Tigers have won four straight games at home dating back to a win over Nebraska-Kearney on January 30.
Jared Vitztum posted his NCAA Division II-leading 11th double-double of the season on Thursday night in the win over Lincoln with 24 points and 14 rebounds. He is averaging 18.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Vitztum leads the MIAA in rebounding and ranks fifth in scoring. Alvin Thompson chipped in 18 points for the Tigers in the win over Lincoln, going a perfect 5-of-5 beyond the 3-point line.
Kaleb Hammeke dished out a season-high eight assists against Lincoln and averages 4.4 per game to rank seventh in the MIAA. Quinten Rock is right behind him in the MIAA ranks at 3.9 per game. Rock is averaging 13 points per game, while Hammeke adds 11.3 per game.
The Mules have a balanced scoring attack with four players averaging between 13 and 10 points per game. UCM has lost five straight games entering Saturday with the most recent on Thursday at Nebraska-Kearney.