HAYS, Kan. – Marcus Cooper scored a game-high 22 points including the final eight for Fort Hays State as the Tigers rallied for a 69-65 comeback win over Northeastern State Thursday night at Gross Coliseum. The Tigers remain unbeaten at home and improve to 10-4 overall and 4-1 in the MIAA.
Cooper’s 3-pointer with 51 seconds to play tied the game at 64. He then stole a RiverHawk pass which set up a dunk to put the Tigers up 66-64 with 27 seconds left.
After NSU hit one of two free throws to pull within one with 18 seconds left, Cooper hit three straight free throws to seal the win.
Along with his 22 points, Cooper led the Tigers with nine rebounds and had five steals.
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Devin Davis came off the bench to score 14 and Brady Werth added 13 points along with four blocked shots.
In a game that saw 12 ties and 11 lead changes, Northeastern State (6-8, 0-5 MIAA) used an early 10-0 run to build an eight point lead five minutes into the game. The Tigers responded with a 13-4 run to go up one. Neither team would lead by more than five the rest of the way.
The RiverHawks shot 55-percent in the first half but were held to 41-percent in the second half. The Tigers were held to 39-percent shooting in the second half and 41-percent for the game.