FHSU's Brunson Drops 33 in win at Northwestern Oklahoma State
Fort Hays State moved to 3-0 overall with a 79-55 win at Northwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday night (Nov. 16) in Alva, Okla. Dwayne Brunson guided the Tigers with 33 points, just two shy of his career high, and added 14 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.
On a night where several Tigers struggled to find their shots early, Brunson was a steady force scoring 15 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in the first half. Carson Konrade heated from behind the 3-point line later in the opening half for 12 first-half points on four 3-point field goals. FHSU held a 41-33 lead at halftime.
Opening the second half on a 16-4 run, FHSU extended its lead to 20 by the 13:50 mark of the second half. NWOSU briefly cut the lead back to 14, but that would be the closest it would get as FHSU went on to lead by as many as 29 with 1:07 to go in the game. Brunson hit field goals on four straight trips up the floor for FHSU from the 8:30 to 6:49 marks to push his point total to 33 for the night.
Brunson finished the night 16-of-23 from the field and 1-of-3 at the free-throw line. He also recorded three blocked shots and two steals. Konrade finished with 13 points, adding a free-throw in the second half. Craig Nicholson also finished in double figures with 11 points, despite fighting foul trouble throughout the evening.
After the slow shooting start to the evening, FHSU heated throughout the night to finish at 51.8 percent from the field overall and 42.1 percent beyond the 3-point line. After two great games at the free-throw line, FHSU struggled to just 59.1 percent (13-of-22).
FHSU held NWOSU to just 33.9 percent shooting from the field and 21.7 percent beyond the 3-point line. Bruce Wright led NWOSU with 16 points, followed by T'aries Taylor with 12.
The Tigers host Newman University for their home opener on Tuesday night (Nov. 19) at Gross Memorial Coliseum in Hays. Game time is set for 7:30 pm, following the women's game against Bethel College which is set for 5:30 pm.