FHSU's Ball picks up MIAA Wrestler of the Week honors
Posted Feb 12, 2020 2:44 AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After defeating a nationally ranked wrestler in his only action of the week, Fort Hays State wrestling senior Brandon Ball was named the MIAA Wrestler of the Week on Tuesday.
The Great Bend native is the third Tiger wrestler to earn the honor this season.
Ball, the No. 2-ranked wrestler in Division II at 141 pounds, stayed perfect on the season with a 6-0 decision over No. 8 Pete Kuster of Drury. The win helped propel the Tigers to a 33-13 win over the Panthers on Friday (Feb. 7). Ball is now 12-0 on the season and 126-21 in his storied career at FHSU.
It is the third time Ball has earned the weekly conference award. He was also named league wrestler of the week after the Bob Smith Open during his sophomore (12/5/17) and junior seasons (12/4/18).
Ball joins Jordan Davis and A.J. Cooper as recipients of the award during the 2019-20 season. Davis and Cooper both received the honor in November (Davis 11/13/19, Cooper 11/26/19).
The No. 22 Tigers wrap up their regular season home schedule this week when they host third-ranked Nebraska-Kearney on Thursday. Action in the MIAA dual is slated to begin at 7 p.m. The Tigers will honor Ball, Davis, Conrad Cole and Dy'Juan Carney in their final home dual with a Senior Night ceremony.
MORGANTOWN, W.V. –Trailing by 18 points with 7:03 remaining in the fourth quarter, Kansas State used an incredible rally to down West Virginia, 56-55, at WVU Coliseum on Tuesday night.
“Over the years, I have been through a lot of basketball games but I don’t know if I have ever had a finish quite like that,” said K-State head coach Jeff Mittie.
Entering the fourth quarter West Virginia (14-8, 4-7 Big 12), held a 41-30 lead and used a 9-2 run to increase its lead to 50-32 with 7:03 to play and force a K-State timeout.
K-State (11-11, 5-6 Big 12) then put together an incredible 24-5 run, including a 19-0 burst, to race through the finish line. Peyton Williams started the run with a layup and would score eight points down the stretch.
Angela Harris also carded eight of her game-high 18 points during the run, knocking down two 3-pointers and a runner with 49 seconds left to give the Wildcats a 51-50 lead.
The Mountaineers took a brief 53-51 lead on a three-pointer, but Ayoka Lee answered with an old-fashioned 3-point play as she converted a layup and free throw with 22 seconds to play and give the Wildcats a 54-53 lead.
Williams made a pair of free throws for a 56-53 lead with three seconds left. A jumper from West Virginia with under a second left came inside the three-point line and seal the K-State win. The Wildcats outscored West Virginia, 26-14, in the fourth quarter.
The game was tied at 24 at the half, but the Mountaineers used a 7-2 run to build a 31-28 lead with 7:04 to play in the third quarter and force a K-State timeout. West Virginia would outscore the Wildcats in the third quarter, 17-6, to build a 41-30 lead.
Lee capped her night with 15 points,16 rebounds and six blocks. With her double-double, Lee set the school record for double-doubles in a freshman season with 13 and passing the record held by Kendra Wecker of 12 in the 2001-02 season. Overall, Lee’s 13 double-doubles are tied for fifth in school history for a single-season.
With her six blocks, Lee set the school record for blocks in a freshman season with 67 passing the mark of 62 set by Marlies Gipson in the 2005-06 season.
Williams added 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists. With her eight rebounds, Williams became just the fifth player in program history with 900 or more career rebounds.
K-State shot 41.5 percent (22-of-53) from the field and held West Virginia to a 32.8 percent (21-of-64) performance.
K-State completes its two-game road trip on Sunday, February 16, at Oklahoma. Game time is 2 p.m. Sunday’s game will be broadcast on FS1, as well as on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.