TOPEKA, Kan. -- The No. 21 Washburn Ichabods built an 11-0 lead out of the gates holding Missouri Southern Lions scoreless for the first 7:25 of the game holding on for a 62-57 win in Schendel Court at Lee Arena. Washburn will host Pittsburg State on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Ichabods (13-4, 6-3 MIAA) jumped out to an 11-0 while leading from start to finish. The Lions (9-9, 4-6 MIAA) would rally and trim the Ichabod lead to two at 22-20 with 1:20 to play in the first half after a 10-2 run over the next 5:04 of the game. Washburn pushed the lead back to four before the half, but a three-pointer prior to the half sent the Lions into the locker room down two at 22-20.
Coming out of the break, the Ichabods used a 12-4 run over a 2:43 period to push the lead to 10 at 37-27 after a pair of Bobby Chipman free throws. Washburn would go cold from the field and the Lions would do the opposite as Jordan Talbert started a Lion of of 14-6 to cut the Washburn lead to two prior to a Kyle Wiggins lay up would break the run. A jumper by the Lions followed by a Wiggins' 3-pointer pushed Washburn out to a five-point lead at 48-43 with 6:45 left and a lay up by Martin Mitchell streted the lead to seven.
The Lions did not go away as the cut the Ichabod lead back to 52-50 with 3:10 remaining. Will McNeill was fouled and hit a pair of free throws pushing the lead back to four and a Wiggins lay up and 3-pointer on the next two Ichabod possessions put the Ichabods up eight at 59-51 with 31 seconds remaining and the Lions would hit two 3-pointers in the final 20 seconds to kep it close, but McNeill finished out the game with two free throws with five seconds remaining to wrap up the win.
Wiggins finished with a game-high and career-high 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting from the field. Martin Mitchell scored 11 points and McNeill finished with 10 points, a career-high-tying seven assists and a career-high-tying seven steals as he reached double figure scoring for the 50th straight game. Chipman led the Ichabods with nine rebounds adding seven points and a career-high five blocks.
Marquis Addison led the Lions with 14 points.
Washburn finished 23 of 56 from the field for the game hitting 13 of 25 shots in the second half. The Lions were 17 of 48 for the game. From the free throw line the Ichabods finished 12 of 15 compared to the Lions going 18 of 24. The Lions also held a 37 to 28 advantage on the glass turning 17 offensive rebounds into 20 second chance points. Washburn forced 24 turnovers in the game leading to 25 Ichabod points.