TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Washburn Ichabods only hit one 3-pointer all night long but it put the Ichabods' up 66-62 with 4:54 to play as Washburn topped Fort Hays State sweeping the regular season series winning its fifth-straight over the Tigers in a 76-70 win on Schendel Court at Lee Arena. Washburn will face Emporia State on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in White Auditorium. With the win the Ichabods move into a second place tie in the MIAA race with the Tigers at 11-5. Central Missouri leads the league with a 12-4 record.
Leon Flowers 3-pointer put an end ot the 0-5 shooting for the Ichabods (18-6, 11-5 MIAA) from deep as the Tigers (17-7, 11-5 MIAA) were 10 of 21 from behind the arch. After Flowers' 3-pointer, Bobby Chipman scored a lay up putting Washburn up 68-62 with 4:04 to play, but the Tigers responded with one of their 10 3-pointers on the night to cut the lead to three on Caron Konrade's long shot. Will McNeill answered with a fade away jumper in the paint putting Washburn back up five, but two free throws by Lance Russell pulled the Tigers back within three at 70-67.
McNeill was fouled and hit both free throws as Washburn went back up five at 72-67 with 35 seconds left. The Tigers hit one free throw to get within four points at 72-68 but Zack Riggins hit two free throws with 24 seconds left and Will McNeill hit two more after an intentional foul on a break away giving the Ichabods the six-point cushion and the season series with the Tigers snapping their seven-game winning streak.
McNeill led the ichaods with 28 points going 10 of 12 from the free throw line adding five rebounds and four steals. Chipman recorded his second-straight double double and the sixth of his career with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Riggins and 12 points and five rebounds and Joseph Smith scored 12 off the bench with two blocks.
Ben Conguista led the Tigers with 20 points going 6 of 9 from 3-point range. Konrade had 15 on 4 of 8 3-point shooting. Craig Nicholson had 11 points and five assists.
Washburn led by four at the break 35-21 shooting 48 percent from the field as they finished 26 of 56 for the game at 46 percent. The Tigers were 23 of 49 for the game for a 47 percent clip. Washburn finished 23 of 30 from the free throw line and the Tigers were 14 of 18 and held a 30 to 28 advantage on the glass. Washburn also turned 19 Tiger turnovers into 20 points and the Ichabods also outscored the Tigers 28 to 10 in the paint.