The 25th-ranked Ichabods will return to Lee Arena for the first time in 24 days as they host Central Missouri Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in an MIAA contest. Washburn (8-2, 0-1 MIAA) will be looking for its first conference win while the Mules (8-2, 1-0) will be going for their second league win and third straight overall.
The game can be viewed live at www.themiaa.tv for $5.50 and it can also be heard on AM580 WIBW. Fans can also listen online or catch live stats through www.wusports.com for free.
The Ichabods are led in scoring by Angel Santiago with 11.0 points a game, all off the bench, after scoring a team season-high 21 at Missouri Western Wednesday. He has reached double figures in six straight games for the Ichabods. UCM is led by Joe Young with 13.4 points a game.
The Ichabods are 15-5 against the Mules in Lee Arena but have lost seven straight in the series. UCM leads the all-time series 40-39 after a pair of wins last year.
About the Central Missouri Mules
The Mules are 8-2 after winning their MIAA opener at previously unbeaten Pittsburg State Wednesday night. Central Missouri started the year 5-0 before falling at Rockhurst and then two games later against Rollins. The Mules have since won two straight games. Joe Young leads the team with 13.4 points a game and Skip Thomas and Kevin Wollbrinck lead with 7.1 rebounds a game. The Mules are seventh in the MIAA scoring 77.0 points a game and are fourth allowing 61.1.
Head coach Kim Anderson is in his sixth year at UCM with a 118-46 (.720) record. He is 7-4 against the Ichabods, having won the last seven matchups.
WU-UCM series notes
• Central Missouri took the lead in the all-time series with two wins last year for a 40-39 edge. The Mules have won seven straight in the series.
• Paul Byers is averaging 9.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in four career games against the Mules
• Washburn’s last win against UCM was January 3, 2004, 88-80 in Lee Arena, the final win in a streak of 12 straight.
• Washburn is 15-5 against the Mules in Lee Arena and 18-12 against them in MIAA matchups. UCM is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
• The series dates back to 1912-13 when the Ichabods won one game.
• WU and UCM have met twice in overtime with UCM winning both meetings. The last was a 78-76 decision on February 28, 2004.
A winning history
• The Ichabods are 1,344-927 (.592 in 2,271 games) and are in their 103rd season of basketball.
• Starting their 24th season in Lee Arena, the Ichabods are 311-55 (.850).
• In 19 seasons now as an NCAA II school, the Ichabods have 10 NCAA tournament appearances and nine MIAA titles.
• Washburn won the 1986-87 NAIA national championship with a 35-4 record under head coach Bob Chipman in his eighth year as coach.
• The Ichabods suffered their first losing season in 2005-06 since 1976-77 and first of head coach Bob Chipman’s career. They also failed to advance to the MIAA tournament for the first time since joining the league in 1989-90.
Ichabods well-rounded in offensive department
The Ichabods will enter the weekend third in the MIAA in scoring with 85.4 points a game while Central Missouri is seventh with 77.0 per game. The two teams will feature strong defenses as both teams are allowing their opponents to shoot just 39 percent and WU is fifth in the league allowing 65.3 points and UCM is fourth allowing 61.1 a game.
Through 10 games the Ichabods have had nine different players reach double figures in scoring 42 times and four different players have led the team in scoring at least once. Washburn is averaging 4.2 double-figure scorers per game so far with Angel Santiago leading the team with seven 10-plus point efforts this year. Overall Santiago leads the team with 11.0 points a game, all off the bench, after a team season-high 21 points against Missouri Western Wednesday.
Point guard Mario Scott leads the Ichabods offense
Sophomore guard Mario Scott has started every game this year at the point for the Ichabods. He leads the team with 44 assists and he’s tied for second in the MIAA with 4.4 per game. Wednesday at Missouri Western he had 10 assists to become the first Ichabod to reach double figures since Jerad Head did it in 2004-05. Scott also leads the team with 20 steals and 2.0 per game, tied with teammate Angel Santiago for sixth best in the league. Scott scored a season-high 18 points against Lincoln and has reached double figures four times. He is averaging 8.5 points and 3.9 rebounds.
Santiago is coming off the bench to lead the team in scoring
Junior guard Angel Santiago took over the team lead with 11.0 points a game after scoring a team season-high 21 at Missouri Western Wednesday. He was 7 of 14 from the field and 4 of 9 from 3-point range. Santiago has reached double figures six straight times and a team-high seven times this year overall. He is tied for the team lead with 20 steals and he’s third with 31 assists. Santiago is shooting 44 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range.
James Williams second on the team in scoring
Junior guard James Williams is second on the team with 10.5 points. He has reached double figures six times and he has led the team in scoring five times this year. His season high was 17 points against then-No. 17 Central Oklahoma. Williams ia third on the team with 18 steals. His eight points on December 17 against SOSU stopped a streak of five straight games with 10 or more points.
Byers moves up career blocking record chart
Junior forward Paul Byers is ninth in school history with 54 career blocks. He needs two more to move to eighth and 11 more will get him into the top five. He had 17 blocks last year and in 2005-06, his freshman year, he had 31, the eighth highest single-season total at Washburn. Byers begins the year fifth in school history with 0.9 blocks a game.
Byers has seven blocks this year with a team season-high three coming on December 4 against then-No. 17 Central Oklahoma. He is scoring 8.7 points a game and leads the team shooting 65 percent from the field (40-62). His 5.4 rebounds a game is second best on the team. Byers had a season-high 16 points off 8 of 11 shooting on Wednesday at Missouri Western.
Meile enters top 10 in career 3-pointers made
Senior guard Andrew Meile has 116 3-pointers in his career, the eighth most in school history. He needs 33 more to catch Eric Carter, who had 149 from 1997-2001.
Meile is averaging 6.5 points a game this year off 47 percent shooting and he’s 15 of 36 from 3-point range. He is second on the team with 34 assists.
Sisk returns to starting lineup for Ichabods
Senior forward Brady Sisk started his first two games of the year in the Ichabods’ two wins at the St. Mary’s Classic. Since then he missed the game at MWSU due to injury. He led the team in those two games with 14.5 points a game and 83 percent shooting (10 of 12). He also picked up 14 rebounds in the two games to lead the team. Sisk has reached double figures in scoring five times this year and 31 times in his career. His 30th double-figure scoring game came December 17 against Southeastern Oklahoma State.
Kyle Snyder leads Ichabods in rebounds.
After limited playing time last year with an injury, senior Kyle Snyder has played in every game this year and has started two at forward. He leads the team with 6.3 rebounds this year and is scoring 5.8 points a game off 48 percent shooting.
Snyder had his third career double-double on December 4 against then-No. 17 Central Oklahoma with 11 points and 11 rebounds, both season highs for him. In his two games as a starter he is averaging 8.5 points and shooting 58 percent (7 of 12).
Darnell Kimble solid in the post for Ichabods
Junior forward Darnell Kimble is fourth on the team with 10.1 points a game off 49 percent shooting. He leads the team and is seventh in the MIAA shooting 79 percent from the free throw line (26-33) and has 10 blocks, a team high. Kimble has scored in double figures six times with a season-high 14 against Lincoln.
Bods and Ends
• Washburn leads the MIAA in rebounding with 41.9 a game and is second with a +7.7 rebounding margin.
• The Ichabods are third in the MIAA with 11.3 steals a game. Last year they only averaged 5.6 steals.
• The Ichabods have reached the 100-point mark twice this year. In 2004-05 they scored 100 or more three times and in 2003-04 they did it five times.
• Washburn set a school and MIAA record last year with five overtime games. The Ichabods went 3-2 in the games, taking two of them to double overtime.
• The Ichabods are 31-24 all-time in overtimes with one win this year. Washburn is 6-7 all-time in 13 games that went into at least double-overtime.
Final notes on the Missouri Western Game
• The 78-77 loss to the Griffons snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Ichabods. Washburn’s last streak of at least eight wins came in 2004-05 when it matched that midway through the season.
• Washburn shot 48 percent from the field, snapping a string of three straight games reaching 50 percent or better. The Ichabods shot 52 percent and averaged 89.0 points in those three games.
• Angel Santiago came off the bench to score 21 points for the Ichabods off 7 of 14 shooting and four 3-pointers. The point total is a team season-high for the Ichabods.
• Santiago has reached double figures in six straight games and a team-high seven times this year.
• The Ichabods were down at halftime for just the second time this year, the last coming in the season-opening loss at Kansas. Washburn lost for the first time this year when leading with 5:00 remaining.
• WU fell to 11-17 in one-point games since joining the MIAA and NCAA II in 1989-90.
The Ichabods will begin a stretch of three straight games on the road as the travel to No. 23 Emporia State Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in White Auditorium.