Jan 11, 2020 4:52 PM

Tiger men face Rogers State for first time in program history

Posted Jan 11, 2020 4:52 PM
<b>FHSU's Nyjee Wright.</b> Photo by Allie Schweizer courtesy <a href="http://fhsuathletics.com">fhsuathletics.com</a>
FHSU's Nyjee Wright. Photo by Allie Schweizer courtesy fhsuathletics.com

HAYS -- Fort Hays State Men's Basketball looks to get on the winning track Saturday when it meets Rogers State for the first time in history at 4 pm in Claremore, Oklahoma.

The Tigers are looking to snap a three-game losing skid and claim their first win in MIAA play. FHSU enters at 6-7 overall, 0-5 in the MIAA, while RSU is 11-4 overall and 3-3 in the MIAA.

Fort Hays State still searches for its first conference win of the season after a 76-70 loss at Northeastern State on Thursday night. The Tigers have allowed 50 percent or better shooting from the field in three straight games, so strong defense could be a key to the Tigers snapping out of their early-MIAA season funk. The Tigers have allowed 10.4 three-point field goals per game to the opposition in their five MIAA contests so far this season, including 12 per game in their last three MIAA games. FHSU has allowed at least 50 percent shooting from the field in four of their five MIAA games so far, with 43.1 percent as the season low by Emporia State which ended in a three-point loss (closest loss in conference play so far).

Jared Vitztum scored a season-high 18 points on Thursday night at Northeastern State, leading the Tigers with four of the team's 13 three-point field goals in the game. The 13 three-pointers matched a season high by the Tigers, also accomplished against Sterling, but it was not enough as NSU hit 12. NSU outscored FHSU by just one point on field goals overall, but by five at the free-throw line. Also reaching double figures in scoring were Aaron Nicholson (15), Jake Hutchings (14), and Devin Davis (10). Nicholson and Hutchings each buried three shots from beyond the arc.

The Tigers have four players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Vitztum at 12.5 per game. He is also the team leader in rebounds at 7.2 per game. Nyjee Wright leads in assists at 2.5 per game.

Rogers State also has four players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Marques Sumner at 13.1 points per game. The Hillcats, like the Tigers, are one of the better free-throw shooting teams in the nation. Rogers State has a success rate of 80.6 percent to rank sixth in the nation, while FHSU shoots 78.8 percent at the line to rank 17th.


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T-Bird wrestling drops pair off duals at NJCAA Coaches Duals

MIAMI, Okla. – Seeing their first action of 2020, the number 25-ranked Cloud County Community College wrestling team would open the NJCAA Coaches Duals with a pair of defeats to number 20 Iowa Lakes and number 22 Colby Community College at the Student Activities Center on the campus of Northeast Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Oklahoma on Friday.

Starting the day off against the Lakers, Cloud County would face an early hole as the dual would start at 157 pounds with the T-Birds having open weight classes at 157 and 165 pounds. Falls at both 174 and 184 pounds would give the Lakers a commanding 24-0 lead after four matches as another open weight class at 197 pounds would allow ILCC to go up 30-0 going into the heavyweight match. Elwin Trejo would get Cloud County on the scoreboard with a 53 second fall over Jose Concepcion and Blayne Harris would follow things up with an 8-2 decision at 125 pounds. The two victories for Cloud County would wind up being all that the T-Birds would get in the dual however as a fall at 133 pounds, major decision at 141 pounds, and technical fall at 149 pounds gave the Lakers a 45-9 victory.

In their match with the Trojans, the dual would start at the 174 pound weight class with Dante Harper dropping a 15-11 decision before Micah Sterling would respond with a fall over Aiden Smith in a time of 3:31 at 184 pounds. An open weight class for the T-Birds at 197 allowed the Trojans to reclaim the lead at 9-6, but Cloud County would get the six points back as Colby would not have a wrestler at the 285 pound weight class. The CCCC lead would grow 16-9 as Harris would earn a 14-1 major decision over Zach Tucker, but it would be the Trojans who would earn falls in matches at 133 pounds and 141 pounds to go up 21-16. A 13-4 major decision victory for Colby at 149 pounds would seal the match as Cloud County would not have a wrestler for the final scheduled bout at 165 pounds as the T-Birds finished off the match with a Nate Normandin fall at 157 pounds to fall by a score of 31-22.

What's next?

The NJCAA Coaches duals will finish up Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. as the T-Birds will take on opponents that will be determined following the rest of today's action. The 15-team dual tournament features numerous top-25 teams and five Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference schools.