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Tigers suffer second straight OT loss

By The Hays Daily News

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- For the second time in as many games, the Fort Hays State University basketball team lost in overtime.

After suffering their first loss of the season in overtime Thursday at the University of Central Missouri, the No. 15 Tigers fell 82-79 Saturday to Missouri Western State University in MIAA action.

Fort Hays drops to 7-2 overall and 0-2 in MIAA play with the loss. Missouri Western improved to 6-3 overall, 1-0 MIAA.

Craig Nicholson led the way for FHSU with a game-high 23 points, but fouled out in the closing seconds of overtime. Fort Hays, which trailed by four at halftime, had a chance to win late in regulation, but with the score tied, Nicholson's 3-point attempt just missed. Dwayne Brunson added 13 for the Tigers, who had five players in double digits. The Tigers had 16 turnovers and only seven assists.

The Tigers had defeated the Griffons six straight times.

Missouri Western was led by 19 points for Ryan Devers.

The Tigers outrebounded the Griffons 35-30 with five boards each for Brunson, Tomislav Gabric and Carson Konrade. FHSU shot 50 percent from the floor, compared to Mo. Westerns' 44.4, and the Tigers were 23 of 28 from the free throw line.

FHSU is back in action Saturday in non-conference action against Central Christian College at Gross Memorial Coliseum. Game time is 4 p.m.