Washburn men, women sweep Missouri Western

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (WIBW) - The Washburn Ichabods went over 90 points for the fifth-straight game for the first time since the 1992-93 season surviving a 3-point shooting barrage from Missouri Western in a 95-94 overtime win to remain perfect in the MIAA moving to 11-2 overall and 4-0 in league play.

Jalen Lewis hit a free throw with 1.8 seconds to play giving the Ichabods the one-point lead and Lavon Hightower's heave from 3-point range just missed as time expired.

To start the overtime, the Ichabods went up 88-86 after a pair of free throws by David Salach, but the Griffons came back with a 3-pointer, but Javion Blake hit a free throw with 3:28 to go tying the score at 89. A layup by the Griffons pushed their lead to two, but Salach hit a layup tying the score and a Blake free throw and layup pushed the lead to three with 26 seconds to play.

The Griffons hit their 19th and final 3-pointer of the evening with 13 seconds to go by Tyus Millhollin tying the score at 94. After a missed layup by the Ichabods, Lewis was fouled hitting what would be the go-ahead free throw.

Washburn trailed by five at the break at 40-35. The Ichabods was 20 of 34 from the free throw line hit 5 of 8 from the free throw line in the extra frame. The Griffons (8-8, 2-3 MIAA) did not attempt a free throw in the overtime period.

Blake led all scorers with 34 points going over 30 for the second-straight game on 13 of 22 shooting adding five rebounds and three steals. Salach scored 21 points with four boards hitting 5 of 6 free throws. Tyas Martin finished with 12 points and Lewis finished with 10. Devyn Wilson had eight points with seven rebounds and five assists. Jace Williams had a team-high eight rebounds.

Hudson scored 23 points to lead the Griffons with 23 points and Hightower had 20 points with a game-high 11 rebounds.

Washburn finished 35 of 74 from the field for a 47 percent average while the Griffons were 33 of 70 overall. Western came into the game hitting 32 percent from 3-point range and finished the game at 43 percent hitting 19 of 44. Washburn was 20 of 34 overall from the free throw line and Missouri Western was 9 of 14. On the glass, the Ichabods held a 46 to 43 margin. Washburn outscored the Griffons 58 to 26 in the paint. The Ichabods only committed seven turnovers in the game while the Griffons turned it over 14 times.

For the first time since the 2014-15 campaign, Washburn women's basketball have put together a seven game win streak after rolling past Missouri Western, 65-54, on Wednesday as it improved to 9-4 on the year and 4-0 MIAA action. Following their record performances four nights earlier, Taylor Blue and Hunter Bentley again paced the Ichabod offense as Blue netted a game-high 19 while Bentley tallied 17, both had eight rebounds.

A late three-pointer from the corner by Nicole Murugarren gave Washburn a narrow 14-12 lead. Despite the advantage, the Ichabod shooting was cold during the opening frame as they converted on 4-of-14 from field with 2-for-8 shooting for the outside.

The Washburn offense heated up in the second as it knocked down 10-of-16 chances including 2-of-4 from three-point land. With 4-of-6 shooting, Blue led the second period surge, while Reagan Phelan was 2-for-3 with a pair a three-pointers.

The Ichabod surge began with 8:58 left on the clock as Alexis McAfee sparked an 8-0 run by Washburn that carried till the 6:47 mark, pushing the score to 22-14.

MWSU's Brittany Atkins provided a brief reprieve as she tallied two of her team-high 16 points, but the Washburn run continued with back-to-back jumpers from Blue and Bentley, extending the margin to double-figures. The Washburn run was eventually stretched to 19-2 with help from Reagan Phelan who drained a three-pointer with 4:00 left in the period, giving Washburn its largest lead of the contest at 33-16, before taking a 37-23 advantage into the break.

Along with an impressive effort offensively, the Washburn defense was equally as resolute, holding the Griffons to 5-for-15 shooting the period with zero three-pointers.

Missouri Western kicked off the third by chopping into the Ichabod margin with a 10-5 run during the five minutes as Washburn shot 2-for-6. The Griffons eventually cut the advantage to single-digits as they converted on a chance from the charity stripe at 4:25, making it 44-35.

Washburn however pushed the margin back to double-figures with a 6-0 spurt.

Leading 57-44 in the fourth, Washburn regained a 17-point advantage on thanks a 6-2 run beginning with a pair from Phelan from the line and capped by a fast break layup by Alexis McAfee. MWSU then scored eight unanswered in a under 90 seconds to again pull the margin to nine and it trailed 64-54, but were held off by an unrelenting Washburn defense that held the Griffons scoreless during the final 3:29 of the contest.

The Ichabods shot 22-for-54, good for .407, from the field and went 6-for-17 from three-point range. Washburn also made a living at the charity stripe as it converted 15-of-20. The Griffons held advantages in rebounding, 40-38, and paint points, 30-24, while making 20-of-60 and jsut 1-of-8 from deep.

Washburn will concluded its three-game road trip on Saturday when travels to Maryville to take on Northwest Missouri. Tip-off is slated for 1:30 pm.