Last second shots don't fall for Tigers, Lady Tigers
FHSU Sports Information
10:59 PM CST, January 10, 2013
Washburn, ranked 13th in the nation, escaped Hays with a one-point win on Thursday evening in Hays by a score of 70-69. A pair of free-throws with 19 seconds remaining were the difference for the Ichabods. Washburn moved to 9-2 overall and 2-1 in the MIAA with the win, while Fort Hays State moved to 9-4 overall and 3-2 in the MIAA.
Despite battling foul trouble all throughout the game, the Tigers still found a way to be in the game late. A combined 25 fouls were called on the teams in the first half, 13 on the Tigers and 12 on the Ichabods. Both Marty Wendel and Rundell Mauge fouled out in the second half with plenty of time left and two Tigers finished the game with four fouls.
Washburn led by just one point at halftime 35-34. A 9-0 run by the Tigers from the 14:03 to 10:52 marks of the second half built an eight-point advantage at 50-42. But Washburn would go on an 11-0 run from the 9:52 to 7:18 marks to regain the lead by three. Will McNeill's first 3-point field goal of the season put the Ichabods back in front. McNeill entered the game as the leading scorer in the MIAA.
The Tigers kept it close from that point on, tying the game twice before Ben Congiusta buried a 3-point field goal on a runout off a missed dunk by the Ichabods to put FHSU up 69-68 with 1:12 remaining.
Jason Ball drew a charge from McNeill with 55 seconds remaining, but Washburn locked down on defense and McNeill stripped the ball loose from Lance Russell deep in the shot clock for FHSU, which led to a foul that had to be committed by Jason Ball to prevent a break-away layup. McNeill stepped up and hit both free-throws with 19 seconds remaining to put the Ichabods back in front.
The Ichabods came up with another defensive stop on Fort Hays State's final possession. Tight defense forced FHSU out from the basket with time ticking down and Ben Congiusta could not get a solid look at a 3-point attempt that fell short of the rim. It marked the second-straight win for the Ichabods over the Tigers in Hays.
Dwayne Brunson led the Tigers with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. He also added three blocked shots. Craig Nicholson finished with 16 points and a team-high six assists. Lance Russell added 15 and Ben Congiusta had 12. Nik Capiti and Wendel were the only other Tigers to score, coming off the bench to combine for just five points.
The 18th-ranked Fort Hays State women's basketball team fell by a score of 63-60 to 12th-ranked Washburn on Thursday evening in Hays. Fort Hays State had an 11-point second half lead at one point, but Washburn chipped away at the lead steadily to eventually take the lead late and hang on. Washburn moved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the MIAA, while Fort Hays State moved to 10-3 overall and 2-3 in the MIAA.
The first half was tight throughout, as neither team could take a lead of more than four. FHSU led at the half 28-26. A 13-4 run by FHSU to open the second half allowed the Lady Tigers to build an 11-point lead at the 17:03 mark.
Washburn kept chipping away, but FHSU pushed its lead back to 10 at the 11:09 mark. Up nine with 8:15, FHSU finally hit a rough patch offensively and Washburn climbed back in quickly. A despiration 3-point field goal attempt by Laura Kinderknecht that went off the backboard into the basket pulled the Lady Blues within one with 6:17 remaining. That kept what turned into a 10-0 run for the Lady Blues alive and they took the lead by one to end the run at the 5:32 mark. A Beth Bohuslavsky layup put the Tigers back on top momentarily, but that was the last time FHSU would lead.
A layup by Katelyn Edwards with 1:23 remaining tied the game at 60-60, but that was the last basket for FHSU. A layup by Stormye Everett of Washburn with 13 seconds remaining put the Lady Blues back on top. The Lady Blues committed a foul on Kate Lehmanwith six seconds remaining, but she could not hit either free-throw attempt. Laura Kinderknecht added one more point for the Lady Blues at the line, capping her team-best 18-point performance to push the lead to three. Melissa Nelson's halfcourt attempt at the buzzer was off the mark and the Lady Blues escaped Hays with a win for the second straight year.
Lehman was the top scorer for FHSU with 17 points. She also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and had four blocked shots. Kelsie Sorenson added nine points in her second start of the season and Katelyn Edwards was held to single figures for the first time this year, also with nine.
Washburn outshot FHSU from the field 47.7 percent to 35.2 percent. The Lady Blues were 54.5 percent beyond the 3-point line, while the Lady Tigers struggled to 29.4 percent. Free-throw shooting also cost the Lady Tigers in a close game as they finished 56.7 percent at the charity stripe (17-of-30).
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