HAYS, Kan. – Fort Hays State Men's Basketball moved to 3-0 overall on the season after an 82-40 win over Central Christian (Kan.) College on Tuesday. The Tigers have yet to trail this season through 120 minutes of action, leading from start to finish for the third straight game.
Fort Hays State put 12 points on the board before Central Christian scored its first basket. FHSU continued to put the gas pedal down, pushing their lead to 24-2 halfway through the first half. They went on to lead 44-11 at halftime.
The lead reached its largest at 53 points (77-24) with 4:48 to go in the game. With the FHSU starters resting for a good majority of the second half, Central Christian closed the game with a 16-5 run to get the final margin back to 42.
Fort Hays State built its large lead by holding Central Christian to just 23.8 percent shooting the first half, while forcing 12 turnovers. FHSU shot 50 percent in the opening frame and Central Christian only had two points off of six FHSU turnovers. Fort Hays State shared the ball well all through the game, finishing with 21 assists. Gilbert Peters was the top assister with four.
Traejon Davis scored a team-high 13 points off the bench, while Quinten Rock had 12 also off the bench. Kaleb Hammeke led the FHSU starters in scoring with 11, while Jared Vitztum pulled down a team-best 11 rebounds. FHSU outrebounded CCC 45-27 and had 49 points from its bench players.
Isaiah Rivera led Central Christian in scoring with 11 points and also led his squad in assists with three.
The Tigers look to continue their strong start to the season on Sunday at 2 pm when they host Manhattan Christian College inside Gross Memorial Coliseum.