COURTESY: Washburn Sports Information
TOPEKA, Kan. — The Washburn Ichabods men’s basketball team led from start to finish in a 78-72 win over Southwestern (Kan.) in its home opener on Monday night. The Ichabods will return to action on Tuesday when they will host Peru State.
Washburn opened the game with an 11-3 run hitting 5 of their first 8 shots of the game as five different Ichabods socred while holding the Moundbuilders to 1 of 12 from the field in the first 7:52 of the contest. The Ichabods (1-2) stretched their lead out to 10 at 22-12 before the Moundbuilders cut it down to five at 22-17, but Washburn finished the half on a 11-3 run taking a 33-20 lead into the break. Washburn shot 52 percent from the field in the first half while holding Southwestern (7-0) to 7 of 29 shooting in the frame.
Washburn added to its lead building a margin of 20 points with 18:56 to play in the game. With the Ichabods leading by 15 at 46-31 with 15:05 left after a jumper by Stephon Drane, the Moundbuilders would go on a 10-2 run trimming the Ichabods’ lead to seven at 48-41. The Ichabods built their lead back to 14 but couldn’t put Southwestern away as the Moundbuilders shaved the lead back down to five with 1:46 to play, but a 3-pointer by Kevin House from the top of the key put the Ichabods up eight with 1:13 to play in the game.
Southwestern cut the lead down to six three times in the final 60 seconds but would not get any closer.
Washburn schot 56 percent in the second half finished at 54 percent for the game going 29 of 54 overall while the Moundbuilders were 17 of 31 in the second half for a 55 percent average outscoring the Ichabods 52 to 45 in the final frame. Southwestern also outrebounded the Ichabods 34 to 31 turning 14 offensive rebounds into 10 second chance points.