PITTSBURG, Kan. – Facing a large halftime deficit, Fort Hays State put together a strong second-half effort but came up short at Pittsburg State 79-68 Saturday.
The Gorillas (6-7, 6-7 MIAA) shot 69-percent from the floor in the first half including 6-of-8 from beyond the 3-point line. They raced out to a 14-0 lead and never led by 12 in the first half, building a 53-21 halftime lead. They pushed that lead to 33 early in the second half before the Tigers (4-8, 4-8 MIAA) closed within 15 with a little over eight minutes to play.
A quick 6-0 run pushed the Pitt State lead back over 20. The Tigers would get as close as 10 before ultimately falling by 11.
Jordan Pumphrey led the Tigers with a season-high 19 points off the bench. He was 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-4 at the free-throw line, Quinten Rock was the only Tiger starter to score in double figures with 16 points, while also providing a team-best five assists.
Quentin Hardict Jr. led the Gorillas with 15 points, followed by Bobby Arthur-Williams Jr. with 14. R.J. Forney added 12 for PSU off the bench.
The Tigers are off until next Satuday when they host Nebraska-Kearney.