Career highs not enough to stop Tigers
Despite career highs from both Patrick Hannaway and Bryan Snyder the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was beaten 86-59 by the Fort Hays State Tigers Saturday night at the Lions' Den.
Hannaway scored 28 points and Snyder had 19 points and a team-high six rebounds. Center Bly McGuire added 10 points for UCCS (1-5, 1-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference).
Derrick Turner had a career-high 28 points for Fort Hays State (9-1, 2-0 RMAC) on 12-for-14 shooting. Denolius Howard added 16 points, while Derrick Graham and Tyrone Shephard had 10 each.
Jeremy Atwater led the Tigers with seven rebounds as Fort Hays State outrebounded UCCS 44-30.
"They were probably the most athletic team I've ever played against," said Snyder, who's already played against Division I teams Denver, Air Force and Wyoming this season. "It's tough to box out a team like that because they're so quick. Even if you do make contact, they can just outjump everybody."
With Fort Hays State concentrating on stopping Hannaway at the outset, the Mountain Lions unveiled a different weapon in the form of Snyder, who knocked down his first four 3-point attempts.
"P.J. (Forrest) and Leo (Thomas) were doing a great job of driving and kicking out to me," said Snyder. "My shots weren't even contested."
Despite Snyder's performance, Fort Hays State was able to build an 11 point lead in the first half. The Mountain Lions countered with a 7-0 run behind five points by Hannaway to trim the deficit to 31-27 at the half.
The lead was five with 14:56 remaining when the Tigers put together a 15-4 run to take a 56-40 lead. The run seemed to take some of the energy away from UCCS and Fort Hays State cruised the rest of the way.
"We didn't communicate very well in the second half," said Snyder. "When they drove, we needed have somebody slide and help. That's communication and we didn't do a very good job of that."
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