Nicholson named the MIAA Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week for the third time

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Fort Hays State sophomore point guard Craig Nicholson was named the MIAA Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week for the third time this season on Monday (Feb. 3).

He was honored for his efforts in a pair of overtime wins at home over in-state rivals Emporia State and Washburn. Nicholson averaged 29.5 points, 7.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game last week.

He scored a career-high 36 points in the double-overtime win against Emporia State. He scored 11 of the last 12 points in regulation for FHSU, the last bucket coming with 11 seconds left to tie the game and force overtime. Nicholson added 14 points over the two overtimes, including 10 in the second overtime. His 3-point play with 50 seconds remaining put FHSU up four (its largest lead margin of the game to that point). ESU would not get closer than three points the rest of the way.

Against Washburn, he scored 22 of his 23 points in regulation, 15 by halftime helping FHSU to a 14-point lead at the break. He had a team-high eight assists, including the pass to Dwayne Brunson for the game-winning shot that went through with 0.3 seconds remaining in overtime.

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