TOPEKA, Kan. -- The No. 2-ranked Washburn Ichabods shot 60 percent in the second half from the field turning an 11-point halftime lead into a 39-point win on Saturday over Bellevue in Lee Arena winning 94-55. Washburn will open MIAA play on Dec. 7 hosting Southwest Baptist.
The Ichabods trailed in the game at 4-0 and 4-2 to the Bruins building a lead of eight points at 25-17 with 9:38 to play. Bellevue struggled from the field in the first half connecting on 7 of 24 attempts while going the final 8:38 of the frame without a field goal. With Washburn holding a 25-21 lead with 5:35 to play in the half, a lay up by Bobby Chipman and a three-point play by Will McNeill started a 12-5 run for the Ichabods over the final 4:46 of the half as the Ichabods took a 37-26 lead into the break.
Washburn was 15 of 35 in the first half and a perfect 6 of 6 from the free throw line while the Bruins, the No. 17-ranked team in NAIA Division II, was 11 of 15 to keep the game close.
In the second half, the Ichabods used a 16-2 over the first 4:40 of the second half to put the game out of reach building a 53-28 lead stretching the margin to as many as 42 in the second half taking the 94-55 win.
McNeill led the Ichabods with 34 points going 15 of 25 from the field scoring 20 points in the second half. The 34 points were one of a career-high of 35 scored against Central Missouri last season. Martin Mitchellfinished with 14 points hitting a pair of 3-pointers. Bobby Chipman finished with a career-high 16 rebounds with 13 on the defensive end with four assists and three blcoks scoring nine points. Mitchell also had a game-high seven assists.
Washburn shot was 21 of 35 from the field in the second half finishing at 51 percent for the game hitting 36 of 70 from the field. Washburn also held a 45 to 33 advantage on the glass.