HAYS, Kan. – Brady Werth scored 22 points, Devin Davis added 18 and Fort Hays State used a late run to pull away from Lincoln 72-63 in front of 3,575 Saturday afternoon at Gross Coliseum. With the win, the Tigers (15-9, 9-6 MIAA) avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season while handing the Blue Tigers (16-8, 9-6 MIAA) their third straight loss and move into a tie for fourth place in the conference standings.
Mark Johnson Postgame Interview
Grant Holmes Postgame Interview
The Tigers went on a 20-6 first half run to go up 11 with 5:20 to play. Lincoln responded with an 11-3 run to close out the half and trailed by three at halftime. It was part of a bigger 25-7 run that saw the Blue Tigers go up seven with 13:44 to play.
FHSU answered with an 11-0 run capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Grant Holmes and Devin Davis which gave them the lead for good.
Up one, Davis grabbed an offensive rebound off his only missed shot of the game and was fouled on the stick back. The conventional three-point play pushed the Tigers lead to four and ignited a 16-4 run over the next four plus minutes which saw the Tigers build a 13-point lead.
Davis finished 7-of-8 from the floor including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
Werth went 10-for-16 from the floor and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, just missing a third straight double-double.
Jared Vitztum hit a couple of threes and added 10 points.
Grand Olsson scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Blue Tigers.