Northeast State will return to Kansas on Saturday, Jan. 28, where they will meet Washburn in continued Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association play.
In the first meeting between the two programs, NSU (10-8, 7-7 MIAA) beat the Ichabods in overtime, 81-78, in Tahlequah. The previous three contests with Washburn have swung the RiverHawks’ way, but all in dramatic fashion, with results within three points.
The RiverHawks will head to Washburn, following a 69-60 setback on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Emporia State. Northeastern State led the game midway through the second half, but went scoreless for nearly three minutes, allowing seven unanswered ESU points. Emporia State never trailed the rest of the way as they finished the game on a 20-9 run. The RiverHawks went 4-for-14 in the last eight minutes of the game.
Washburn (9-9, 6-6 MIAA) rattled off a four-game hitting streak and held off a late charge by Rogers State on Thursday, Jan. 26, 78-67, in Topeka. The Ichabods have four players averaging over 10 points per game, with Andrew Orr leading the team with 13.3 points. Orr led Washburn with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting in their previous meeting with Northeastern State.
Christian Cook is third in the MIAA in scoring with 17.2 points per game and has 875 points in 67 games. Dillon Bailey has scored at least 10 points in 10 of his last 11 games and is 11th in the MIAA, averaging 14.2 points per game. Rashad Perkins averaged 16.6 points in the previous three games and led the team in scoring five times this season. The RiverHawks are fourth nationally, shooting 41.1% from the arc this season.
Northeastern State and Washburn have met 20 times, with the series split in the halves. As a road team, NSU is 3-6 and has yet to win back-to-back games against Washburn in Topeka.
The tip is scheduled for 3pm on Saturday 28 January. Fans can watch the game online on The MIAA Network at TheMIAANetwork.com/nsugoriverhawks.