Tiger men hold off Jets in overtime

Hays Daily News
Gilbert Peters scored 18 points in the Tigers' 81-75 at Newman on Saturday.

WICHITA — Fresh off their upset exhibition win at Kansas State, the Fort Hays State men worked overtime to earn their first official victory of the season.

After missing out on a chance to put Newman away at the free throw line at the end of the regulation, the Tigers outscored the Jets 13-7 in the extra session to pull out an 81-75 victory and move to 1-3 on the season.

Career games from Kaleb Hammeke, Gilbert Peters and Quinten Rock helped propel the Tigers.

Hammeke, a redshirt freshman, scored a career-high 20 points, going 7 of 13 from the field and 4 of 4 from the foul line.

Peters, a sophomore forward, had a career-best 18 points. He was 8 of 8 from the field and 2 of 4 from the foul line.

Rock, a freshman, matched his career high with 15 points.

Senior Jared Vitztum recorded his third double-double, collecting 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The game saw 11 ties and 11 lead changes. The Tigers led 35-31 at the break, but Newman built a 47-40 lead with 14:41 remaining. FHSU later knotted it up 52-52 with a 6-0 spurt.

FHSU led by four with 1:54 to go in regulation, but Joel Boyce’s 3-pointer tied it up with 27 seconds left.

Peters had a chance to win the game in regulation at the line with 2.3 seconds remaining, but he missed the front end of a one-and-one.

In overtime, the Jets were within a point with 50 seconds left but Vitztum’s layup put the Tigers back up by three with 30 seconds left. Vitztum then hit a pair of free throws to push the lead to five.

Boyce paced the Jets with 18 points. Ian Lee added 16 points.

The Tigers shot a solid 53.4% from the field while holding the Jets to 41.5%.

Associate head coach Jeremy Brown coached the Tigers after completing quarantine. Head coach Mark Johnson is expected to be back on the sideline for Fort Hays State’s game vs. Northeastern State on Friday night at Gross Memorial Coliseum.

Fort Hays 81, Newman 75

Fort Hays (1-3) — Jonsson 3-6 1-2 7, Vitztum 7-14 4-6 19, Thompson 0-3 1-2 1, Rock 6-11 0-0 15, Hämmere 7-13 4-4 20, Davis 0-1 1-2 1, Peters 8-8 2-4 18, Pumphrey 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-58 13-20 81.

Newman (1-4) — Javorsky 3-8 1-3 8, Oliva 4-7 0-1 8, Boyce 6-12 5-6 18, Bunn 2-10 0-0 5, Lee 5-10 3-4 16, Santiago 1-3 2-2 4, Hereford 1-1 0-0 3, Johnson 2-6 1-1 5, Buskey 2-3 2-3 6, Birnbaum 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 27-65 14-20 75.

Halftime — FHSU 35-31. 3-point goals — Fort Hays 6-18 (Rock 3-7, Hammeke 2-4, Vitztum 1-4, Jonsson 0-1, Thompson 0-1, Davis 0-1). Newman 7-21 (Lee 3-6, Javorsky 1-3, Boyce 1-1, Bunn 1-7, Hereford 1-1, Javorsky 1-3, Oliva 0-2, Birnbau, 0-1). Rebounds — Fort Hays 37 (Vitztum 10), Newman 34 (Boyce 9). Assists — FHSU 18, Newman 14. Turnovers — FHSU 11, Newman 10. Total fouls — Fort Hays 19, Newman 23. Fouled out — Jonsson.