Washburn men, women sweep Southwest Baptist

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BOLIVAR, Mo. (Washburn athletics) - The Washburn Ichabods moved into second place in the standings all by themselves with a 74-65 win over Southwest Baptist in their final trip to Bolivar as an MIAA opponent. Washburn moves to 17-5 overall and 10-3 in the MIAA and will host Northeastern State on Valentine's Day in Lee Arena at 7:30 p.m.

Javion Blake led all scorers with his fourth 30-point game of the season in an efficient 11 of 17 shooting performance hitting 4 of 9 3-point attempts adding four assists and three steals. He was the only double figure scorer for Washburn and moved past Ewan Auguste into sixth on the all-time Ichabod scoring chart.

Washburn led 40-27 at the break over the Bearcats (11-11, 5-8 MIAA) after leading by as many as 14 in the first behind 53 percent shooting holding SBU to 32 percent shooting from the field. However SBU was able to keep the score as close as they did going 6 of 7 from the free throw line while the Ichabods missed their only attempt.

In the second half, the Bearcats came out of the gates with an 18-3 run taking the lead from Washburn at 45-43 with 15:01 to play in the game. The Ichabods came back with a 13-6 run of their own to go up five at 56-51 with 9:28 to play.

In a game of runs, SBU returned server with a 9-2 run building a 59-58 advantage with 7:26 to go, but the Ichabods pushed ahead with a 12-3 burst of their own going up 70-62 with 4:10 to go and SBU would not get any closer than seven the rest of the way as the Ichabods completed the two-game road trip with wins over SBU and Central Missouri.

Following Blake's 30 points, Tyler Geiman scored eight points along with Jalen Lewis. Gieman had six rebounds to go with five assists. Salach scored seven with five rebounds.

Godfrey Rolle led the Bearcats with 18 points.

Washburn finished the game 30 of 62 overall for a 48 percent clip while holding SBU to 38 percent shooting going 20 of 53. Washburn was 5 of 10 from the free throw line while SBU was 17 of 19.

The Ichabods held a 38 to 34 advantage on the glass and forced 13 turnovers leading to 19 points.

A balanced effort and a quartet of double-figure scorers powered Washburn women's basketball to a 69-58 victory over Southwest Baptist, snapping a two-game skid on Saturday, improving to 15-7 on the year and 10-3 in the MIAA. For the sixth-time this season, the Washburn offense shot north of 50 percentage, as it was an efficient 53.3 percent, converting on 24 of 45 attempts from the field.

Taylor Blue led the offense with 8-of-14 shooting, finishing with a game-high 17. Hunter Bentley followed with 16 and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, while Annette Warner and Reagan Phelan chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Effective 7-of-12 shooting in the opening period saw the Ichabods jump out front early and lead by as much as seven midway through frame. The advantage eventually evaporated however, as SBU (6-16, 2-11 MIAA) went on a 10-4 run to close the first.

Trailing 19-18, Washburn continued to be well-organized from the floor, converting on 6-of-9 attempts in the second. However, it was the Ichabod defense that was the difference, which limited the Bearcat offense to 2-of-13 shooting and forcing four of their 19 turnovers. As a result, WU closed the half on a 7-0 run to take a 33-24 lead at the break.

The momentum carried in the third for the Ichabods, extending their run to 15-3 as they stretched the advantage to a 12 with 7:37 left in the frame. Midway through the period, Washburn pushed the score to 44-31.

SBU then cut the deficit to single-digits with a 7-2 spurt in less than a 90-second span. Bentley answered back for Washburn as she knocked down three to nudge the margin to 11, but it was short-lived as the Bearcats continued to chip away, posting six-unanswered points and narrowing the gap to five, 49-44.

The SBU push rally however fell flat as Washburn pieced together a 7-2 rally to open the fourth as it reassumed a 12-point lead, 59-47, with 5:28 left. The Bearcats attempted another late rally but again fell short as it was unable to draw closer than a seven-point gap as Washburn shooters were clutch late, converting on 8-of-10 attempts from the charity stripe during the game's final 1:17.

Washburn edged out SBU in rebounds, 36-35, while controlling paint scoring, 26-16.

The Ichabods return to Lee Arena next week as they do the Oklahoma two-step and host Northeastern State on Thursday and Central Oklahoma on Saturday.