BOLIVAR, Mo. – Korey Fisher's putback with 11 seconds to play put Washburn up for good in an 89-87 win over Southwest Baptist in the MIAA opener as the Ichabods improved to 8-0 on the season.
SBU took an 82-81 lead off a 3-pointer with 3:10 remaining and then Alex North went to the line and connected on one of two to tie the score at 82. The Bearcats came up empty on their next possession and a jumper in the lane by Jeff Reid put Washburn up 84-82 with under two minutes to play.
SBU tied in on their next possession with a driving lay up with 1:35 to go in the game. A turnover by the Ichabods followed with 1:13 to play with the score knotted at 84 and then took the lead with 61 seconds to play forcing an Ichabod timeout with 56.4 to play. Kyle Wiggins hit a fade away jumper from 16 to tie the score back at 86 with 42.8 left.
With 25 seconds left, North gained the rebound, but was whistled for traveling returning the ball to the Bearcats. SBU turned it over and Fisher followed up a Wiggins miss with 11.4 left putting Washburn up 88-86. SBU was then fouled going to goal and went to the line with 4.4 left.
Rashaad Brown-Peterson then missed the first free throw and tried to miss the second, but banked in the free throw. SBU called a timeout. Washburn got the ball into North and went to the line shooting two with 3.1 remaining.
SBU inbounded the ball from under the WU basket and their attempt from halfcourt sailed to the right of the goal ending the game.
In the first half, Washburn trailed by as many as nine with 15:45 remaining at 16-9 before chipping away at the Bearcat lead. Washburn finished the half on a 13-4 run over the final 2:30 of the half as Alex North hit back-to-back-to back 3-pointers pushing the Ichabods to a 49-44 lead at the break.
North led the Ichabods with 25 points pacing four Ichabods in double figures. He finished 8 of 16 from the field with eight rebounds and three assists. Kyle Wiggins scored 15, Jeff Reid scored 14 with nine rebounds and FIsher finished with 13.
The Ichabods finished 31 of 61 from the field for the game, but struggled from the free throw line going 20 of 36 overall. SBU finished 32 of 61 overall and 14 of 22 from the free throw line. Washburn had a 38 to 34 advantage on the glass limiting the Bearcats to eight offensive rebounds.
Washburn will be back in action on Saturday at Missouri Southern at 3 p.m.