TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Washburn Ichabods outshot Fort Hays State 64 percent to 57 percent in the second half and was perfect from the line in a 79-70 win over the Tigers snapping a three-game losing streak in the regular season home finale. Washburn willl take on Emporia State on Saturday in Emporia.
A traditional 3-point play by Korey Fisher stretched a four-point Ichabod (16-8, 9-8 MIAA) lead into a 70-63 lead with 2:40 to play in the game. The Tigers came back with a pair of free throws with 2:27 left to trim the lead back to five. Then Alex North picked up one of Washburn's four offensive rebounds on the night and his tip in with 1:47 remaining gave the ichabods a seven-point cushion. The Tigers (20-5, 11-5 MIAA) came right back when Tomislaw Gabric hit a 3-pointer cutting the Ichabod lead back to four with 1:34 to play.
Jeff Reid hit two free throws stretching the lead back to six, but a Tiger bucket with 1:12 remaining cut the lead back to four. On Washburn's next possession, the lone senior Leon Flowers hit a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left putting Washburn up 79-70 and a lay up by Kyle Wiggins wrapped up the Ichabod scoring putting the final margin at nine in a 79-70 win.
Washburn led 36-31 at the break after hitting 14 of 28 shots while holding the Tigers to 10 of 33 shooting.
North led four Ichabods in double figures with 21 points adding eight rebounds and six assists with three blocks and two steals. Fifteen of his points came in the second half as he finished 9 of 10 from the field in the game. Fisher had 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting adding four assits and Reid finished with 16 points and eight rebounds with four assists and three blocks. Flowers finished with 14 points going 4 of 5 from 3-point range.
The Tigers were led by Craig Nicholson who had 16 points.
Washburn finished 30 of 53 from the field for a season-high 57 percent average while the Tigers were 26 of 61 for a 43 percent clip. Washburn was outrebounded 30 to 28. Washburn also finished a perfect 11 of 11 from the free throw line and the Tigers were 13 of 17 overall.
TOPEKA, Kan. – The Ichabods used a late run to regain the lead and win 74-65 Wednesday night against Fort Hays State on Senior Night at Schendel Court in Lee Arena.
The Ichabods won their third straight game and improved to 16-8 overall and 11-6 in the MIAA. They remained fifth in the standings with two games left to play. They'll take on No. 7 Emporia State Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in White Auditorium.
Kara Lee scored nine points off a 4-of-6 performance as she played her final regular season home game. Casyn Buchman led the Ichabods with 17 points after going 6 of 14 from the field with three 3-pointers.
The Ichabods bench produced a pair of double figures scorers with Honor Duvall getting 14 points and Taylor Ignoto scoring 10. Janelle Travis also came off the bench to score nine.
Duvall, Buchman and Brittney Lynch led Washburn with seven rebounds each and Travis had seven assists.
The Tigers (16-7, 9-7 MIAA) took a 57-56 lead on a layup at 5:37 in the second half but Lee answered right away with a basket that started a 9-0 run to put Washburn up for good. Ignoto and Travis hit 3s during the run and then Casyn Buchman later hit a layup with 2:17 remaining that put the Ichabods up 67-59.
The Ichabods then made seven free throws down the stretch and never let the Tigers get closer than six points down.
Washburn shot 47 percent in the game after shooting 50 percent in the first half. The Ichabods were 44 percent from 3-point range and 67 percent from the free throw line. Fort Hays State shot 33 percent overall, 18 percent from long range and 82 percent from the line.
Washburn lost the rebound battle 39-34 and had 19 turnovers while FHSU had 18.
The Ichabods trailed 5-0 to start the game then answered with a 14-0 run to go up 14-5. A three-point play from Duvall later gave Washburn a double-digit advantage at 17-7. The Ichabods held the lead the rest of the half but let the Tigers end the half on an 8-2 run to close to within a point, 34-33 at halftime.
Washburn built the lead back to double digits once in the second half on a three-point play from Lee but scored just one more point the next three minutes as FHSU erased its deficit and took a brief lead midway through the half. The Tigers led by as much as three points after that before Washburn's 9-0 run put the game away.
Kate Lehman led the Tigers with 18 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double. Jill Faxon came off the bench for 15 points.
The win guaranteed the Washburn will finish no worse than sixth in the MIAA and will not have to go on the road for an MIAA first game. If the Ichabods finish fourth or better they'll have a first round bye and if they're fifth or sixth they'll host a game March 3.