TOPEKA, Kan. -- Washburn's Korey Fisher scored all eight of the Ichabods' final points as Washburn turned a 78-77 deficit with 1:22 to play to an 83-80 win over Pittsburg State snapping a two-game losing streak. Washburn will return to action on Thursday when they will host Central Oklahoma.
Washburn was down 78-77 with 1:22 to play and Korey Fisher completed the traditional 3-point play tying the score at 78 each. The Gorillas' Devon Branch, who led all scorers with 31 points connected on a layup putting Pitt State back up 80-78 with 1:12 to go. The on the Ichabods' next possession, Fisher his a 3-pointer from the top of the key putting the ichabods in front 81-80 with 49 seconds to play. The Gorillas came up empty on their next drive and fouled. Washburn missed both free throws with two seconds to play. The Gorillas' potential 3-pointer at the buzzer was short and the Ichabods (12-3, 5-3 MIAA) held on for the win.
The score was tied at 39 at the break as the Ichabods shot 50 percent from the field while the Gorillas (6-8, 2-5 MIAA) were at 41 percent, but PSU was 12 of 14 from the free throw line including hitting two before the game started as the Ichabods were whistled for dunking in pregame.
Alex North led all five starters in double figures with 18 points as well as a game-high seven rebounds. Leon Flowers, Jeff Reid and Fisher each had 14 and Kyle Wiggins scored 11. Washburn was outrebounded 35 to 32 in the game recording eight offensive rebounds. The 32 rebounds were a season-low for the Ichabods. Washburn finished with season-high 11 3-pointers in the game in 26 attempts.
There were 11 lead changes in the game and the score was tied 11 times overall.
TOPEKA, Kan. – The Ichabods trailed most of the first half but took control right before halftime and led the entire second half in a 70-60 win over Pittsburg State Saturday night at Schendel Court in Lee Arena.
Washburn won its third straight game and improved to 10-5 overall and 5-3 in the MIAA. The Ichabods will stay at home to play Central Oklahoma Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Casyn Buchman had her second double-double this year with 11 points and 10 rebounds. She was just 3 of 11 from the field but made 5 of 6 free throws. All 10 of her rebounds came in the second half as Washburn out-rebounded the Gorillas 24-14.
Brittney Lynch also reached double figures in rebounding with 10 and she added eight points. Kara Lee was 6 of 10 from the field and Honor Duvall was 5 of 11 for 15 points to lead all scorers.
Washburn ended the first half on a 12-0 run to take a 29-23 lead into halftime. The Gorillas wear leading by six at 23-17 with 4:19 remaining but didn't score again that half.
The Gorillas ended their drought with the first points of the second half to pull within four but they didn't get any closer than that. Free throws from Haley Pfau gave Washburn a 10-point lead at the 10:53 mark but a 5-0 PSU run later got the Gorillas within eight points.
A 6-0 run that ended with two minutes remaining all but put the game away as Washburn took a 63-50 lead. Free throws from Buchman at 1:31 then gave Washburn a game-high 14-point lead.
Washburn shot 50 percent in the second half and 42 percent in the game. The Ichabods were 70 percent from the free throw line and won the game without the help of a 3-pointer. They were 0 of 6 from long range and only took two attempts in the second half.
Pittsburg State led the first six minutes of the game before Washburn went up by one on a lay-up from Duvall. That lead lasted just over four minutes before the Gorillas went back up and held the advantage until Washburn's 12-0 run ended the half.
Pittsburg State shot 73 percent from the field in the game and made 10 of 22 3-pointers. Washburn won the rebound battle, 42-38 and had eight turnovers while PSU had 11.
Two of the league's top three scorers were held well below their average. Lizzy Jeronimus, second in the MIAA with 19.6 points a game entering Saturday, was held to just eight points as she was 4 of 17 from the field. Buchman was third in scoring with 18.8 and was held to 11 points.
Alexa Bordewick led the Gorillas with 21 points as she hit 6 of 9 3-pointers. Cathy Brugman came off the bench for 16 points.