FHSU Men Open Season in Sioux Falls at NSIC/MIAA Challenge




Fort Hays State vs. Southwest Minnesota State
Saturday, November 12, 2016 – 6 pm
Sioux Falls, S.D. – Stewart Center
Fort Hays State at Sioux Falls
Saturday, November 13, 2016 – 5 pm
Sioux Falls, S.D. – Stewart Center
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Fort Hays State Men’s Basketball opens the 2016-17 season on Saturday (Nov. 11) at the NSIC/MIAA Challenge in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Tigers play Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday at 6 pm and then host Sioux Falls on Sunday at 5 pm.

The Tigers open their season in the same town where last season ended. FHSU competed in the NCAA Central Regional last year and fell in the opening round to finish 20-11 on the year. The season-opening opponents are familiar to the Tigers as they open with the same pair of teams for the second straight year. FHSU defeated both by a narrow margin in Hays last year with a 76-75 victory over SMSU and a 62-60 victory over USF.

Fort Hays State played its first nine games of the season at home last year but plays five of its first nine away from home this year. After the season-opening weekend in Sioux Falls, the Tigers are at home against Central Christian (Kan.) on Wednesday night (Nov. 16).

Senior guard Rob Davis is the top returner for FHSU this year after earning All-MIAA First Team honors last year. He averaged 16.7 points per game and made 77 three-point field goals last year. Davis scored in double figures 27 times and reached at least 20 points in a game 10 times.

Outside of Davis, the Tigers have only two juniors and two sophomores that played over 10 minutes per game last year. Three other sophomores saw limited action in their first season with the Tigers. The Tigers have only two seniors and three juniors on this year’s roster, leaving plenty of youth with nine underclassmen combined. Behind Davis, Hadley Gillum is the second-leading scorer returning at 5.2 points per game last year. Gillum along with Drew Kite are the top rebounders returning, both averaging 3.5 per game last year.

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