Tigers split at Missouri Southern

By The Hays Daily News

JOPLIN, Mo. -- After an 0-3 start in MIAA play, the Fort Hays State University men's basketball team bounced back with a 76-67 win against Missouri Southern State University on Saturday.

Craig Nicholson scored 22 points and Jake Stoppel added 14 as the Tigers moved to 9-3 overall and 1-3 in conference play. FHSU built up a double-digit lead midway through the second half, but the Lions narrowed the gap to within 6 with a little more than 4 minutes to play, but the Tigers again pulled away.

Missouri Southern dropped to 9-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

Marquis Addison led the Lions with 17 points.

Andrew Victoria added eight points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for the Tigers. Nicholson was 11 for 11 from the free-throw line and had four assists and three steals.

The Tiger women dropped a 76-71 see-saw battle with the Lions. The game saw 12 lead changes. The loss dropped FHSU to 8-2 overall and 2-2 in MIAA play. The Lions improved to 9-2, 3-1 in the MIAA.

The Tigers, after trailing by seven in the first half, led by eight points with a little more than 8 minutes to play in the game, but saw Mo. Southern battle back with a 14-3 run to grab a 69-66 lead, the final lead change. FHSU got back within two, but free throws helped the Lions stretch the lead back to five.

Junior center Kate Lehman recorded her seventh straight double-double for the Tigers with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Her 15th board was the 32nd in the last two contests and she added five blocks. Katelyn Edwards also tallied 17 points and nine rebounds for FHSU.

FHSU pulled to within three points with just under 30 seconds to play but a pair of free throws for Mo. Southern put the game out of reach.

The Tiger teams are on the road for MIAA action Monday at Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University. Game time is 5:30 p.m. for the women and 7:30 p.m. for the men.

Men

Fort Hays 76, Missouri Southern 67

FORT HAYS (9-3, 1-3)

Craig Nicholson 5-15 11-11 22, Jake Stoppel 6-13 2-2 14, Konrade 2-5 1-2 6, Gabric 1-2 1-2 3, Brunson 2-5 1-1 5, Moikobu 0-2 2-2 2, Fleming 2-5 2-3 7, Tadlock 3-4 1-3 9, Victoria 4-6 0-1 8. Totals -- 25-57 21-27 76.

MISSOURI SOUTHERN (9-2, 3-1)

Jordan Tablert 3-9 7-10 13, Cameron Cornelius 3-5 8-8 14, Marquis Addison 6-15 2-7 17, Renfroe 2-2 0-1 4, Barlow 1-9 4-6 6, Wright 1-3 0-0 3, Miller 1-1 0-0 2, Clark 1-1 0-0 2, Magee 1-2 4-7 6, Atkinson 0-1 0-0 0, Spencer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals -- 19-49 26-36 67.

Fort Hays 42 34 -- 76

Mo Southern37 30 -- 67

3-point goals --  FH 5-13 (Nicholson 1-5, Konrade 1-3, Fleming 1-3, Tadlock 2-2); MS 3-16 (Talbert 0-2, Barlow 0-4, Addison 2-7, Wright 1-3). Assists --  FH 13 (Gabric 5); MS 10 (Barlow 4). Steals -- FH 8 (Nicholson 3); MS 9 (Four with 2). Blocks -- FH 3 (Victoria 2); MS 4 (Talbert 2). Total fouls --  FH 20, MS 22. Fouled out -- none.

Rebounds -- FH 38 (Victoria 10); MS 33 (Talbert 11). Turnovers -- FH 16, MS 17. A -- 1,237.

Women

Missouri Southern 76, Fort Hays 71

FORT HAYS (8-2, 2-2)

Kate Lehman 6-11 5-13 17, Katelyn Edwards 5-7 7-14 17, Chandler 1-5 1-2 3, Bohuslavsky 1-5 3-4 6, Mason 3-6 1-2 7, Kacperska 2-7 0-0 5, Faxon 3-5 3-3 9, Lunsford 1-1 0-0 3. Totals -- 23-51 22-41 71.

MISSOURI SOUTHERN (9-2, 3-1)

Sharese Jones 3-4 11-15 18, Shonte Clay 6-13 2-2 14, Nicole Hartzog 0-7 13-18 13, Samantha Soyez 3-5 4-4 12, Fitzpatrick 1-6 0-0 3, Dominique Mosley 5-11 2-4 12, Hanna 1-1 0-0 2, Singleton 1-2 0-0 2. Totals -- 20-53 32-43 76.

FHSU 39 32 -- 71

MSSU 34 42 -- 76

3-point goals -- FH 3-12 (Chandler 0-1, Bohuslavsky 1-3, Mason 0-1, Edwards 0-0, Lehman 0-1, Kacperska 1-2, Faxon 0-1, Lunsford 1-1, Ingalsbe 0-2); MS 4-9 (Fitzpatrick 1-3, Soyez 2-3, Jones 1-1, Phillips 0-2). Assists -- FH 15 (Chandler 3, Edwards 3, Shaw 3); MS 12 (Clay 4). Steals --  FH 6 (Chandler 3); MS 11 (Hartzog 4). Blocks -- FH 5 (Lehman 5); MS 4 (Mosley 2). Total fouls -- FH 26, MS 29. Fouled out -- Bohuslavsky, Mason, Lehman, FH; Clay, Soyez, Mosley, MS.

Rebounds -- FH 39 (Lehman 15); MS 43 (Clay 8). Turnovers -- FH 20, MS 15. A -- 974.