Five Ichabods scored in double figures as Washburn won 99-49 over Missouri Baptist Friday in the first night of the Capitol Plaza/AM 580 WIBW Holiday Classic. The Ichabods will continue action Saturday against Kansas Wesleyan at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Arena.
The Ichabods shot 47 percent as a team and were 45 percent from the 3-point line as they put in 14 3-pointers, one off the school record.
James Williams led the team with 15 points while Brady Sisk had 13, all in the first half. Darnell Kimble and Grant Hargett each had 12 while Paul Byers had 10.
Andrew Meile had a career-high seven assists while adding six points, five rebounds and three steals.
The Ichabods jumped out to a 6-0 lead and then quickly built a 10-point advantage at 13-3 at the 14:54 mark. A 12-0 run later in the half was capped by a 3-pointer from Hargett to give WU a 39-14 lead. Byers hit a 3 in the final seconds of the half to give Washburn a 53-25 lead at the break.
The Ichabods shot 50 percent in the opening 20 minutes and were 10 of 11 from the free throw line (91 percent). Sisk shot 4 of 5 and was 5 of 5 from the line to lead with 13 points while Hargett had nine off three 3s.
The Ichabods built the lead to 44 points on a 15-0 run midway through the second half as they led 77-33 at the 9:19 mark. A lay-up from Moriba DeCoteau gave WU a 51-point lead in the final minute and then two free throws from Dei Dei made it a 53-point game. The Spartans nailed a 3 in the closing seconds to cut the Washburn lead to 50.
? This was Washburn?s seventh 50-point win and the seventh-largest win in school history. The last win by 50 or more points was on November 22, 2003, against Kansas Wesleyan in a 122-57, 65-point win, the largest in school history.
? Washburn's 14 3-pointers was one away from the school record set in 1996-97 when it had 15 against Central Missouri.
? Meile?s seven assists broke his previous career-high of six, a total he reached twice in his previous three years.
? The Ichabods won their 16th straight home opener and improved to 23-1 in openers in Lee Arena.
? Washburn improved to 5-0 in the series history against Missouri Baptist.
? Kansas Wesleyan lost 84-52 to Missouri Western Friday. That game and the game against WU Saturday will count as an exhibition for the Coyotes.