MARYVILLE, Mo. ó The Northwest Missouri State menís basketball team buried 13 3-pointers on its way to handing Fort Hays State University its second consecutive game and fourth straight road loss, 77-55, Saturday at Bearcat Arena in Maryville, Mo.
Zach Schneider, a 6-foot-7 long-range specialist who rarely shoots from inside the arc, buried six treys as he broke NWMSUís career mark on an 18-point night. Conner Crooker scored a game-high 19 points to lead five Bearcats in double figures.
Rob Davis led the Tigers with 13 points. Craig Nicholson (11) was the only other Tiger to reach double digits. The win drops Fort Hays to 13-6 and 7-6 in the MIAA while Northwest Missouri State (13-5, 10-3) remains atop the conference standings.
It took Schneider all of 26 seconds to drain his first shot from long range to put the Bearcats ahead. The Bearcats led wire to wire.
After trailing 36-24 at the half, the Tigers allowed two 3-pointers in the opening minute of the second half to fall behind by 18 and put the game out of reach. The closest the Tigers could crawl back was a 15-point deficit and trailed by 20-plus for the final 13 minutes.
The Tigers will return to action Saturday with a road contest at Nebraska-Kearney.