Back on Dec. 17 against Bethel, Fort Hays State senior Brady Werth helped will the Tigers to a double-overtime win from out of nowhere behind the arc, hitting four 3-pointers including two clutch treys in the extra sessions.
Since then, the 6-foot-7 forward has added sharp shooting to his offensive repertoire.
After going 2 of 15 from 3 last year as a junior, Werth has knocked down a staggering 13 of 25 3-point attempts on the season heading into Thursday's 7:30 p.m. game against Northeastern State at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
He's been quick to fire the 3 as of late, making 11 of 20 attempts over the last four games.
"(The Bethel game) kind of got my confidence a little higher," Werth said. "It's still the key for me to roll (to the basket) most of the time, but if I'm open I can shoot the three as well."
Adding the outside shot to his game will make it even tougher for MIAA defenses to contain Werth, who is averaging a team-high 15.5 points for the Tigers (9-4, 3-1 MIAA).
"With his ability to step out and shoot threes, it makes it easier to get him the ball and get him a few more opportunities," FHSU coach Mark Johnson said. "It's very challenging if all you can do is just play inside and get the ball on the block. ... Him being able to step away and shoot the 3 at a higher percentage this year than he has in the past has made it easier for him and an easier way for us to score points."
The Hays High product said he hasn't made any drastic alterations to his shot.
"I haven't changed anything, I've just been shooting shots wider out," Werth said. "There hasn't been much of a difference."
Johnson said he has noticed Werth is getting more arch on his shot.
"I think he's making it more, so he's looking for it more," Johnson said. "I've always felt like he's been capable of being a better shooter from 3 than he has. I think the big thing right now, you look at his shot, and he's shooting rainbows. We've talked to him for four years about getting arch. Really, who knew that it just took a piece of tape around his wrist to get him to get more arch? But that's really been a contributing factor. I don't know what that is, but he's shooting a much higher ball than he has in the past."
Werth's ability to step outside represents the modern type of big man in today's game.
"Back 20-plus years ago, you didn't have big guys that shot 3s," Werth said. "You just had two big guys that played down low and bullied everybody. But now it's kind of changed where everybody can put the ball on the floor, everybody can shoot 3s and you've got to be able to guard about anybody."
The Tigers will be looking for their eighth win over their last nine games on Thursday against Northeastern State (6-7, 0-4 MIAA).
Halftime entertainment for Thursday’s games will feature popular balancing act performer Tyler Scheuer, who has performed his routine on America’s Got Talent, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Regis and Kelly and basketball halftime shows across the country. More information on Scheuer’s act can be found at http://www.amazingtyler.com.