TOPEKA, Kan. -- The No. 2-ranked Washburn Ichabods opened the 2012-13 season with an 85-52 win over Peru State on Wednesday night in Lee Arena. Washburn will return to action on Monday hosting Bethany at 7 p.m.
Washburn improved to 28-1 in home openers in Lee Arena as the Ichabods led from start to finish in the first half minus the lone tie at 2-2 as the Ichabods shot 49 percent from the field hitting 16 of 33 shots in the first half while holding the Bobcats to 9 of 34 shooting in the stanza for a 27 percent mark.
Washburn (1-0) led by as many as 22 in the first half taking the 42-20 lead into the halftime break after an Ichabod steal by Martin Mitchell and a lay up by Will McNeil who led the Ichabods with 12 first half points. Bobby Chipman scored eight points with nine rebounds in the first half playing only 10 minutes after picking up three first half fouls.
In the second half, the Ichabods continued their hot shooting from the first half to hit 17 of 34 shots from the field as they forced the Bobcats (2-2) into 10 seond half turnovers leading to 11 points off Peru State miscues as the Bobcats would get no closer than 21 in the second half as Washburn would lead by as many as 33 points with under 10 seconds to play.
McNeill finished with a game-high 19 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the field with eight rebounds and three steals playing 26 minutes. Chipman recorded his third career double double with 15 points and a career-high tying 12 rebounds. Kyle Wiggins came off the bench to score 12 points as all 10 Ichabods in uniform scored.
Derrick Williams led the Bobcats with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Washburn had a 48 to 39 advantage on the glass forcing 21 total Bobcat turnovers leading to 25 points for the Ichabods.