No. 25 FHSU Pulls Away Late for 98-74 Win over OPSU

POSTED: 09:13 PM CST Nov 23, 2013    UPDATED: 09:14 PM CST Nov 23, 2013 
HAYS, Kansas (FHSU Sports Information) -

Fort Hays State built an 18-point halftime lead, but saw it dwindle to eight with 8:38remaining in the game before finishing on a 27-11 run to win handily, 98-74, over Panhandle State on Saturday (Nov. 23). The 25th-ranked Tigers moved to 5-0 overall on the season, while OPSU dropped to 0-5.

The Tigers opened the game 8-of-9 from the field and built a 16-point lead by the12:20 mark of the first half. OPSU cut the lead back down to eight before FHSU ended the first half on an 18-8 run to lead 53-35 at the break.

The Tiger offense struggled a bit early in the second half, allowing the Aggies back within 12 with 17:30 to go and then another burst by OPSU cut the lead down to eight at 71-63 with 8:38 remaining. A pair of free-throws by Craig Nicholson and a Carson Konrade 3-point field goal pushed the lead back to 13 and FHSU would lead by double figures the remainder of the game.

Konrade had a career-high 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field. He hit 5-of-9 3-point attempts, continuing to keep his 3-point field goal percentage north of .500 for the season.Dwayne Brunson recorded his fourth-straight double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while adding three blocked shots and three steals. Brunson is now averaging 21.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.

Nicholson posted his fifth straight game in double figures with 11 points, while adding a team-high eight assists and five steals. Jared Tadlock went for 10 points in his first start of the year. FHSU finished the game 53.1 percent from the field and 50 percent beyond the 3-point line. The Tigers were solid at the free-throw line, shooting 87 percent (20-of-23).

Zilijan Jones led the Aggies with 19 points and Jeremy Newton added 14.

Fort Hays State heads to Kansas City for its next non-conference game. The Tigers take on Rockhurst University at the Sprint Center on Tuesday (Nov. 26) at 2 pm. Admission for the game is free, part of the CBE Classic, which involves Wichita State and Texas later in the evening.