HAYS, Kan. -- HAYS, Kan. -- The Washburn Ichabods trailed by as 14 at halftime and by as many as 17 in the second half but came up shy of the comeback win falling 87-85 to No. 24-ranked Fort Hays State. Washburn will host Emporia State on Wednesday night on Schendel Court.
The Tigers' Dwayne Brunson hit a jumper with 0.3 left to put the Tigers (18-3, 9-3 MIAA) up and then stole the ensuing inbounds pass to lock up the game snapping the Ichabods (14-5, 7-5 MIAA) five game winning streak over the Fort Hays State.
Washburn trailed by 17 in the second half with 16:23 to go at 50-33 before Washburn outscored the Tigers the rest of the half 44-27 with 10 of Washburn's 13 field goals were 3-pointers. Alex North hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with four seconds remaining to tie the game at 77 sending the game into overtime after the Tigers shot came up short at the buzzer.
In the overtime period the Tigers Carson Konrade scored the first four points from the free throw line and then a 3-pointer by Jeff Reid and a layup by Kyle Wiggins put Washburn up 82-81 with 2:47 to play. The Tigers tied the game with 2:20 remaining and Washburn regained the lead with a free throw by North with 2:07 at 83-82 and Wiggins put Washburn up 85-82 with 1:28 left. Konrade tied it with a 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining and neither team scored until Brunson's game-winner.
Washburn trailed 43-29 at the break after shooting 10 of 25 from the field while the Tigers were 15 of 27 in the opening half. The Ichabods improved to 15 of 28 from the field going 10 of 16 from 3-point range finishing 14 of 25 from 3-point land. The 14 was one shy of the school record. Washburn finished 15 of 22 from the free throw line and the Tigers were 26 of 30.
North led five Ichabods in double figures with 23 points recording his fourth-straight double double adding 12 rebounds. Chris Davis scored 14 hitting all four 3-point attempts. Leon Flowers and Wiggins each scored 13 and Reid finished with 12.
Craig Nicholson led the Tigers with 23 poitns adding eight assists.
WBB – FHSU 69, WU 62
Fort Hays State got 21 points from their bench as they defeated Washburn at home in week twelve. FHSU scored 24 second chance points and got 19 free throws as they moved to 8-4 in league play.
For the Tigers Kate Lehman led the way with 14 points and Katelyn Edwards pulled down a game high 14 rebounds. Nikola Kacperska had 11 points and Tera Ingalsbe had 10 points while Beth Bohuslavsky had six assists. For the Ichabods Taylor Ignoto had 14 points and Janelle Travis added 13 points. Casyn Buchman had 10 points and Brittney Lynch added 10 points and a team best seven rebounds.