TOPEKA (KSNT) — Washburn men’s and women’s basketball hosted Missouri Southern State on Tuesday for Senior Night, marking the last home game for the Ichabods this season.
Washburn’s men’s shooting resulted in an 84-64 victory. The Washburn Women couldn’t get past the Lions, losing 71-56.
Washburn’s men (14-13, 11-10) started Thursday’s game in a close battle, tying with the Lions at 10-10 five minutes into the game.
Then, the Ichabods caught fire, going on a 31-6 run to take a 25-point lead with five minutes to play in the first half. The Lions rallied a few points, but Washburn still took a 46-27 lead at halftime.
The Ichabods beat the Lions to start the second, extending their lead to 67-42 with ten minutes left. Missouri Southern went on a 6-0 run, but Washburn followed up with its own 8-2 run to keep the Lions out of reach.
A Tyler Nelson 3-pointer with four minutes left gave Washburn its biggest lead of the night at 82-53. The Lions closed on a 9-0 run to finish the game down by 20, giving the Ichabods an 84-64 victory.
Jaden Monday led the Ichabods with 23 points, six rebounds and five assists. Andrew Orr added 16 points, Michael Keegan 14 and Tyler Nelson 12.
Washburn Women (11-16, 7-14) faced Missouri Southern (23-6, 15-6) in the first quarter, matching shooting with the Lions in a record-breaking period. Within ten minutes of play, the Ichabods trailed 24-20.
Washburn started the second quarter with a three-pointer by Gabi Artis to cut Ichabod’s deficit to one. The remainder of the second quarter didn’t go Washburn’s way.
An 11-2 run by the Lions quickly extended their lead to 35-25. A Missouri Southern buzzer gave the Lions a 41-29 lead at halftime.
A five-point swing by the Ichabods brought the score within seven to start the third quarter, but the Lions quickly got back into the swing of things. For three quarters, Washburn trailed 59-46.
A 9-2 run early in the quarter gave the Ichabods hope with five minutes to play, down by just six points. The Lions’ free throws down the stretch kept the game out of reach, as Washburn fell 71-56.
Artis led the Ichabods in scoring with 14 points. Aubree Dewey added 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Ichabods travel to Emporia State on Saturday in both teams’ regular season finale.