James Williams’ three-point play late in the second half sent Tuesday’s game against Central Oklahoma into overtime and then he hit a pair of free throws late in the extra period to help Washburn to a 71-68 win over the 17th-ranked Bronchos in Lee Arena.
Williams led the ’Bods, winners of five straight, with 17 points after scoring just three in a sloppy first half. Washburn (5-1) missed its first 11 3-pointers in the game before Kyle Snyder hit one at the 2:48 mark of the first half. The Ichabods were 1 of 13 from 3-point range and shot 35 percent from the field but led by three at the break, 26-23, thanks to 28 percent shooting from the Bronchos (6-2) and 14 forced turnovers.
Snyder finished 4 of 6 from the field for 11 points and had 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the year and third of his career. Angel Santiago also broke the 10-point mark with 11 points for his third double-figure scoring game of the year.
Both teams held leads in the opening period. UCO led by six at the 11:07 mark on a jumper from Terry Tucker and then Washburn erased that on a 6-0 run. The Ichabods then took the lead at 19-18 with 4:56 remaining and held it for the rest of the half.
A rebound from Williams and then a fast break lay-up from Paul Byers gave Washburn a nine point lead, the largest of the game, at 33-24 with 18:10 remaining in regulation. The Bronchos chipped at the lead and finally tied the score at 45-45 with 8:35 left.
After two more ties they built a four-point lead with 4:08 remaining. Williams then took over on offense for the Ichabods. Down by three in the final minute-plus, Williams got his own rebound on a missed 3-pointer. He made a lay-up and then converted a three-point play on a free throw to tie the score at 57-57 with 1:15 left.
Each team missed 3-pointers in the final seconds and the Ichabods went to their first overtime of the season after setting an MIAA record with five overtime games last year.
Down by two with 1:09 left in the extra period, Williams hit another 3 to give Washburn a 66-65 lead. Mario Scott then swiped the ball from UCO and took it to the other end of the court for a lay-up as he drew a foul. He converted the free throw for a four-point lead.
The Bronchos answered back with a 3-pointer from Eric Cazenave but two free throws by Williams gave the Ichabods a three-point lead with 20 seconds remaining. After a timeout John Neal missed a 3 in the final seconds and Byers secured the rebound to give WU the win.
The Ichabods ended the game shooting 39 percent while UCO was 34 percent. The Bronchos held a 45-41 lead in rebounding and drew 22 fouls while fouling just 12 times.
• Washburn used its first new starting lineup of the season as Kyle Snyder started at forward for the first time. Paul Byers also started at forward while Andrew Meile, Mario Scott and James Williams started at guard.
• Williams set season highs with 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and five steals.
• Washburn’s 39 percent shooting from the field was its lowest since shooting 36 percent at Kansas to start the season.
• The Bronchos still lead the all-time series against WU, now 11-7.
• Washburn improved to 31-24 in overtimes all-time and 1-1 against UCO.
• The Ichabods had 16 steals, tying a season high. They are averaging 13.5 a game