SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The No. 2-ranked Washburn Ichabods trailed Minnesota Duluth 3-2 for their only deficit of the night cruising to an 85-61 win to improve to 5-0 on the season in their final game of the St. Mary's Thanksgiving Classic. Washburn will host Bellevue next Saturday at 2 p.m.
After falling behind 3-2 after scoring the first points of the game Washburn would go on an 18-5 run over the next six minutes to put the game out of reach as the Ichabods took a 42-31 lead into the halftime break. Washburn used a balanced scoring attack in the first half as seven different players had at least four points.
In the second half, the Bulldogs cut the lead to 10 twice in the frame, but would not get within double digits the remainder of the game as the ichabods would go on to lead by 25 twice in the game including the final margin at 86-61.
Martin Mitchell led four different Ichabods in double figures scoring 16 points on 6 of 9 from the field. Will McNeill scored 13 with a team high seven rebounds adding four steals and three assists. Bobby Chipman scored 11 and Zack Riggins had 10.
Ben Bucholtz led the Bulldogs with 13 points.
Washburn shot 52 percent from the field hitting 32 of 62 from the field overall going 14 of 25 in the second half. Washburn held the Bulldogs to 15 of 47 from the field in the game for a 32 percent clip including only 7 of 27 from the field in the second half.
Washburn also forced the Bulldogs into 19 turnovers leading to 18 points. Washburn was outrebounded 35 to 32 in the game.