TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Washburn Ichabods led from from start to finish snapping a two-game slide with a 79-74 win over Emporia State in the first edition of the Turnpike Tussle. Washburn returns to action on Saturday when they will host Nebraska-Kearney at 7:30 p.m.
The Ichabods (15-5, 8-5 MIAA) led by 13 with 4:26 to play after a lay up by Jeff Reid, but then the Hornets (14-9, 7-6 MIAA) would counter with a 12-2 run over the next 3:10 to cut the Washburn lead to three with 1:16 to play. Washburn then stretched the margin back to seven after four Ichabod free throws before the lead was back to five at 76-71 with 18 seconds to play.
After a free throw by Alex North, Washburn led by six with 14 seconds left, but a 3-pointer by Kaleb Wright cut the lead back to three at 77-74 with nine seconds remaining. North was fould and hit two free throws to wrap up the five-point win.
Washburn scored the first seven points of the game before the Hornets cut the lead back to one at 9-8 with 15:57 to play in the first half. as the Ichabods would lead by as many as 12 in the first half before taking a 36-31 lead into halftime.
The Hornets used an 8-2 run to cut the lead back to one at 40-39 with 16:02 to play. Washburn again pulled out to a seven point lead before the Hornets came back to trim the margin to 46-45. The Ichabods would then score the next 13 points going 9 of 11 from the free throw line after a Hornet technical stretching the lead to 14.
North led the Ichabods with his fifth-straight double double and eighth of the season with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Kyle Wiggins had 20 points with six assists and five rebounds while Leon Flowers and Chris Daviseach scored 10.
Terrence Moore led the Hornets with a game-high 28 points and Kaleb Wright had 20.
Washburn dominated on the glass with a 45 to 24 rebounding advantage adding 18 offensive rebounds. Washburn finished 41 percent from the field going 24 of 59 overall while the Hornets finished at 48 percent hitting 29 of 60 overall with a 56 percent average in the second half going 15 of 27. Washburn was 25 of 33 in the game from the free throw line while the Hornets were 11 of 18.