Men’s basketball advances to 9-1

Guard Jeff Reid goes up to score against the Blue Tiger’s James Edmond. Reid help turnaround the game for the Ichabods in the beginning of the second half.

Ben Mack

The Washburn Ichabods got back into action after not playing for two weeks against the Lincoln University Blue Tigers.

It wasn’t hard to see that the Bods hadn’t played in two weeks after the first half was scoreless until the Ichabod’s senior guard, Leon Flowers scored with 15 minutes left in the first half. That gave the Bods the first points of the game, as well as the first lead. The Blue Tigers took control of the game until the Bods were able to regain the lead 20-19 with another basket by Flowers with 7:45 minutes left in the first half.

“We were out of sync,” Head coach Bob Chipman said. “We took a week off of practice during finals week, and the guys were getting restless to get back out there, we were over anxious and were committing too many turnovers in the first half in result.”

The Bods were able to go into the half trailing 34-28, while committing 11 turnovers compared to the Blue Tigers six. The Bods were struggling from the field only shooting 37 percent, and only 1-6 from downtown, while the Tigers were able to knockdown four three-pointers in the first half of play.

The Bods were able to regain some confidence in the second half as they came out in a full court press. The press turned the momentum in the Bods favor as they were able to go on a 15-5 run highlighted by junior guard, Jeff Reids two 3-pointers during the stretch.

With a 43-39 lead, and momentum going their way the Bods were able to keep the lead the rest of the half, although the Blue Tigers were able to claw their way back into the game in the last 3 minutes. The Blue Tiger’s Charles Cole was able to knock down a three-pointer to put the score at 62-60 in favor of Washburn. Cole hit another shot from down town with just under two minutes to tie the game at 63.

“In last couple of minutes we were just trying to run our sets to get the best possible shot, and to get a stop on defense,” said Reid.

With the game tied, Washburn’s junior forward. Alex North was able to retaliate hitting a three-pointer of his own with a 1:15 left to put the Bods up 66-63. The Blue Tigers were again to close the gap as they knocked down two free-throws to pull the game to 66-65 with 50 seconds left. Washburn’s junior guard was able to drive straight through the heart and soul of the Blue Tigers defense with an easy lay up, making the score 68-65. The Blue Tiger’s Mario Bass tried to imitate Wiggins with a lay up of his own, but was unable to do so. The Blue Tigers quickly fouled North, but were in the foul bonus, giving North two free-throws. North connected with both shots and put the game out of reach 70-65.

“It was an important team win for us, its always important for us to win at home”, said Reid. “I was proud of the guys, we stuck together and did what we had to do to get the win.”

Offensively the Bods were led by Reid and Wiggins who both had 15 points apiece, and North who finished with nine. North led the Bods with 14 rebounds.

The win puts the Ichabods at 9-1 on the year and 2-1 in the MIAA. Washburn plays its last game of the year against Lindenwood at 3 p.m. Sunday.