Washburn shot 70 percent in the second half to turn a two-point halftime lead into a 40-point win as the Ichabods defeated Baker 97-57 Wednesday night at Lee Arena.
The Ichabods, 6-1 and winners of six straight, will resume action Monday when they face Southeastern Oklahoma State at 5:15 p.m. in the St. Mary’s (Texas) River City Classic. Washburn will then face the home team Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
The Wildcats shot 50 percent in the first half and won the rebound battle 19-17. Despite that advantage, they only led twice in the game, the most being a four-point cushion, 10-6 at the 14:42 mark.
With the score tied at 22-22, James Williams hit two straight 3-pointers late in the first half and then Angel Santiago’s lay-up made the score 30-22 at 4:03.
With a two-point lead at halftime, the Ichabods started the second half on a 12-0 run to take a 47-33 lead four minutes in. A jumper from Kyle Snyder game them a 20-point lead and then Moriba DeCoteau’s basket gave WU a 30-point lead.
The Ichabods made it a 40-point game when Garrett Love scored his first collegiate points with a jumper at the buzzer.
Williams led the Ichabods with 16 points off 5-of-10 shooting and four 3s while Santiago tossed in 2 and Grant Hargett and Darnell Kimble each had 11. Paul Byers was 5 of 7 from the field for 10 points.
Mario Scott had a season-high seven assists for WU while Meile chipped in five. Snyder led the team in rebounds with seven.
The Ichabods shot 38 percent in the first half but went 23 of 33 in the second half to finish the game with a 53 percent effort.
The Wildcats shot 44 percent after a 38 percent effort in the second half. Matt Mills led the team with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
• Washburn blocked six shots to tie a season high. Six different players each had one block.
• The Ichabods improved to 49-17-1 against Baker and head coach Bob Chipman remained perfect at 17-0 against the Wildcats.
• The game counted as an exhibition for Baker.
• Washburn out-scored the Wildcats 62-24 in the second half and won the rebound battle 18-9.
• The Ichabods bench scored 49 points with three players reaching double figures.
• Washburn entered the game receiving votes in Tuesday’s NABC coaches poll. WU got 16 points in the voting, one point shy of No. 25 Bellarmine.