Washburn hoops earns New Year’s Eve home sweep

Washburn's David Salach throws down an alley-oop as the Ichabods defeat Baker University.

COURTESY: Washburn Sports Information

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Washburn Ichabod men’s basketball team wrapped up the 2014 calendar and its non-conference schedule with a 74-47 win over Baker on New Year’s Eve. The Ichabods will continue MIAA play on Saturday hosting Missouri Western starting at 7 p.m.

The Ichabods (7-8) led from start to finish and for all but 23 seconds of the game when it was tied at 0-0 jumping out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back. In the first half, Baker (7-5) cut the lead to two twice and to one point once at 13-12 with 12:32 to play, but the Ichabods would go on a 23-8 run over the final 12:24 of the half taking a 36-20 advantage into the locker room at the break. Washburn shot 39 percent in the first half but went 6 of 12 from 3-point range building the 16-point margin at halftime. The Ichabods also held the Wildcats without an offensive rebound in the first stanza as well.

In the second half, Washburn stretched its lead out to as many as 32 with 7:58 to play in the game as Baker trailed by at least 24 points the final 12:36 of the game.

Washburn was led by Kyle Wiggins with a game-high 18 points moving himself to 977 career points in 101 games. Andy Wilson had a career-high 16 points going 5 of 6 from the field including hitting all four 3-point attempts. Alex North had 12 rebounds to take game-high honors. Kevin House had five assists and no turnovers adding eight points. Christian Ulsaker was held scoreless recording three rebounds and two assists with a block and a steal in his first action since Dec. 6 after breaking his jaw against Missouri Southern.

Tryome Parker led the Wildcats with 11 points.

Washburn outrebounded the Wildcats 40 to 32 and forced 20 turnovers leading to 28 Ichabod points. Washburn also outscored Baker 28 to 14 in the paint and 19 to 10 in second chance points.

The eighth-ranked Ichabods shot 73 percent in the first half with eight made 3-pointers as they cruised to a 93-42 New Year’s Eve victory Wednesday over St. Mary (Kan.).

Washburn improved to 10-2 in its final non-conference game of the year. The Bods will return to MIAA action Saturday with a 5 p.m. game against Missouri Western at Schendel Court in Lee Arena.

The Ichabods shot 19 of 26 from the field in the first half and 8 of 10 from 3-point range. They led 56-21 at the break after holding the Spires (2-9 and playing the game as an exhibition) to 27 percent shooting in the first half.

The Bods slowed down to just 41 percent shooting in the second half but led by at least 40 points most of that half. They build a game-high 52-point lead in the final minute and the 51 points they ended up winning by tied for the 14th largest margin of victory in school history.

Honor Duvall was a perfect 7 for 7 from the field for 14 points. She also added a game-high six rebounds. Casyn Buchman and Taylor Ignoto each had 11 points. Buchman hit three 3-pointers. Janelle Travis also had three treys for nine points.

Buchman had six assists as Washburn had 23 assists on 34 made baskets as a team. The Bod offense assists on 17 of the 19 makes in the first half.

Alyxis Bowens came off the bench and had eight points and five rebounds. Allyssa Nikkel also had five rebounds and she scored six points. Cindy Demosthene scored four points with five rebounds.

The Ichabods won the rebound battle 47-22 and had 20 turnovers while St. Mary had 27. Washburn blocked 11 shots to tie a season high. Duvall got a hand on four of them and Gibbs swatted three. Jayna Smith had five steals.

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