PITTSBURG — Aaron Nicholson helped the Fort Hays State men’s basketball team pull out a dramatic road win at Pittsburg State, hitting the game-winning bucket with four seconds left as the Tigers edged the Gorillas 77-75 on Thursday at John Lance Arena.
Pittsburg State star Grant Lozoya knotted the game up at 75 on a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left, but FHSU answered when Nicholson made a driving layup to put the Tigers back in front for good.
After a Pitt timeout, Lozoya missed a desperation heave at the buzzer.
The win moved the Tigers to 14-7 overall and 8-4 in the MIAA. FHSU is tied for fourth place in the conference with Missouri Southern, which will play host to Fort Hays at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Joplin, Mo. FHSU is a game back of Lincoln and Washburn for second place.
The Tigers trailed by six with 4:30 left before going on an 11-2 run that was capped off by a 3-point play from Brady Werth to put FHSU up 73-70 with 1:31 left.
Werth led the Tigers with 25 points on 12 of 21 shooting and pulled down 13 rebounds. Trey O’Neil added 12 points off four big 3-pointers and dished out six assists while Nicholson finished with 11. The Tigers got 26 points out their bench while Pitt State had just two bench points.
Pitt State led 40-35 at halftime before going back and forth with the Tigers in the second half. Fort Hays went 31 of 64 from the field for 48.4 percent while Pitt State was 24 of 56 for 42.9 percent.
Lozoya scored a game-high 27 points for the Gorillas, who dropped to 14-8 overall and 7-6 in the MIAA. Demetrius Levarity added 19 points and Trenton Clayton finished with 12 for Pitt.
The Gorillas were without injured guard Donovan Walker, who is averaging 21.7 points per game.