The Washburn Ichabods had five players in double figures as the Ichabods never trailed as they defeated Missouri Western 78-67 on Wednesday in Lee Arena. Washburn returns to action on Saturday hosting Northwest Missouri at 7 p.m.
Washburn led for 39:23 of 40 minutes in the game as Javion Blakehit a 3-pointer to open the scoring en route to a game-high 16 points as the Ichabods (10-5, 6-4 MIAA) scored the first six points of the game. Washburn stretched its lead to as many as 14 in the first half at 28-14 after a pair of Blake free throws and the Griffons would get no closer than eight the rest of the opening half.
In the second half after the Griffons (5-11, 3-7 MIAA) cut the lead to 10 with 16;19 to play in the game, Washburn scored eight straight points building the lead back to 18 at 54-35 with 13:18 to play in the game and Missouri Western would not get within 10 points the rest of the night after leading by as many as 19 in the second half.
Following Blake’s 16 points, Cameron Wiggins scored 13 points andRobert Christopher scored 12 off the bench. Brady Skeens recorded his fourth double double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds adding three blocks, three assists and two steals. Andy Wilson scored 10 points off the bench.
Currie Byrd led the Griffons with 14 points scoring 13 in the first half.
Washburn shot 52 percent in the game hitting 27 of 52 shots compared to 23 of 64 shooting for the Griffons hitting 36 percent from the field. The Ichabods were 6 of 13 from 3-point range and 18 of 24 from the free throw line and outrebounded Missouri Western 39 to 32 on the glass.
Washburn was dealt its first home loss of the season on Wednesday, Jan. 13, falling to No. 10 Missouri Western, 69-56, at Lee Arena.
WU (10-6, 6-4 MIAA) shot 36.4 percent on field goals and hit 3-of-12 from beyond the arc, while Missouri Western (16-0, 10-0 MIAA) finished 25-of-57 (43.9 percent) from the field with six made three-pointers to remain unbeaten.
The Ichabod bench outscored the Griffons, 21-14, and WU won the rebounding battle, 39-36, but couldn’t overcome a 12-point deficit after the first quarter in the loss.
Down two, 11-9, with 3:53 to go in the first after a layup from Bowens, WU allowed a 5-0 burst from MWSU over the next minute, and with 18 seconds to go in the quarter, a three-pointer for the Griffons put WU down, 24-12.
Inside seven minutes to go in the second, WU scored six unanswered (with four from Bowens) to bring the deficit back to single-digit (28-20) at 4:49. Over the final five minutes, the Ichabods continued to match the Griffons scoring and went into the half down six, 33-27.
Felisha Gibbs‘ jumper at 8:47 and Erika Lane‘s layup at 7:36 in the third quarter to cut the lead to four on two occasions, but that was as close as Washburn came to overtaking the Griffon lead as MWSU responded with a 7-2 run over the next minute of play. The lead was stretched back to double-digits before the end of the third quarter, and though WU made it an eight-point game (53-45) early in the fourth, the Griffons held the Ichabods at bay over the final 10 minutes to close out the game.
Jayna Smith put together her second career double-double and first of the year, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds on the night. Alyxis Bowens paced the team in scoring with 15 points, grabbing four rebounds as well (third on the team).
Felisha Gibbs just missed a double-double after tallying eight points to go alongside eight rebounds.
WU is now 1-3 against ranked opponents this season.
Washburn is back at Lee Arena on Saturday, Jan. 16 to host Northwest Missouri in its annual White Out game. Free t-shirts will be available for a limited number of fans with tip off of the women’s game set for 5 p.m.