Tigers Hold Off Bearcats for Sixth Straight Win

FHSU-MBB-Russell-150x150The Fort Hays State Tigers hit eight straight free throws in the final 45-seconds to hold off Northwest Missouri State’s second half comeback bid and beat the Bearcats 64-60 Wednesday night in Maryville. The Tigers have now won six-straight and improve to 16-6 overall and 10-4 in the MIAA where they are tied for first with Central Missouri.

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The Tigers raced out to an 8-0 lead and led by as many 16 in the first half. They had a 14 point lead early in the second half, but the Bearcats rallied to take their biggest lead of two with 2:15 to play. Craig Nicholson hit a 3-pointer to put the Tigers back in front and they would only trail one more time the rest of the way.

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Lance Russell, who four key free throws down the stretch, led the Tigers with 22 points. Craig Nicholson added 21 and Dwayne Brunson 10, all in the first half.