Jan 05, 2020 2:21 AM

Tigers fall to 18th-ranked Lions

Posted Jan 05, 2020 2:21 AM

HAYS, Kan. – Fort Hays State tried to overcome a slow start with a second half rally but it came up short in a 85-67 loss to No. 18 Missouri Southern State Saturday afternoon at Gross Coliseum. The Tigers (6-5, 0-3 MIAA) remain winless in conference play while the Lions (10-2, 3-0) remain unbeaten in conference action.

The Tigers missed eight of their first 10 shots and trailed 18-8 less than 10 minutes into the first half. A 5-0 Tiger run cut the gap to five but MSSU closed the half on a 15-3 run to lead 41-24 at the break.

They fell behind by 19 early in the second half and were down 17 with 8:05 to play, but a 10-0 run closed the gap to 69-62. Following a turnover, Devin Davis was called for an intentional foul which led to a scuffle under the Lions basket. Three technical fouls were issued, two on the Tigers which led to 14 unanswered points by the Lions to put the game away.

Jared Vitzum hit five threes, one off his career high, and scored 14 of his team-high 17 points in the second half. Calvin Herrington went 3-for-5 from beyind the arc and added 11 points.

Cam Martin, who came into the game averaging nearly 23 points per game, was held to seven points but pulled down 11 rebounds and had four assists. Kinzer Lambert hit six three and tied a season-high with 24 points.

The Lions shot 53-percent for the game and went 13-for-23 from beyond the arc.

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No. 16 Fort Hays State women cruise past Missouri Southern State

HAYS, Kan. – Belle Barieri scored 13 points, pulled down nine rebounds, dished out five assists and had five steals to lead the 16th-ranked Fort Hays State women’s basketball team to a 75-59 win over Missouri Southern State in front of 2,355 Saturday afternoon at Gross Coliseum.

Taylor Rolfs went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc and also scored 13 and Whitney Randall added 11 points and seven boards helping the Tigers (10-2, 1-2 MIAA) to their first conference win.

FHSU forced Missouri Southern (3-8, 0-3 MIAA) into 24 turnovers and outscored the Lions 31-2 in points off turnovers.

The Tigers never trailed in the game, jumping out to a 6-0 and 11-2 first quarter lead. A 17-2 run pushed their lead to 21 late in the second quarter.

MSSU scored eight straight early in the third to close the gap to 43-33 but the Tigers answered with a 16-4 run over the next five and half minutes to push the lead up to 22 points.

The Tigers shot 40-percent from the floor (24-60) and hit 7-of-19 from beyond the arc and went 20-of-28 from the free throw line.