Ichabods overpowered by No. 3 ranked Kansas State

Washburn hits the floor scrambling for the ball against #3-ranked Kansas State University. Washburn took the initial lead before falling behind, eventually losing 90-44

Rob Burkett

Sometimes a team can lose and still walk away feeling good about its performance. In the case of the Ichabods, such was the case as they were overwhelmed by No. 3 Kansas State University.

Coming into the game, Washburn, who had squared off against the University of Kansas Jayhawks the game previously, felt that they were more prepared for what was coming their way.

“We just played much more calm than when we were at [Allen Fieldhouse],” said De’andre Washington, senior forward.

As the game started Washburn took the early lead on an opening three point shot by Jadarren Mumpfield, senior guard. After the initial 3-0 lead though, Washburn had trouble putting shots in and the defense of Kansas State turned up creating opportunities for the Wildcats in transition.

Even despite turning the ball over, Washburn was competitive on the offensive glass all night pulling down 17 offensive rebounds, matching Kansas State in that category.

Despite missing shots and giving up turnovers, Bob Chipman, Washburn head coach felt that his team played better than in their first game against KU.

“I felt like we matched their intensity in the first half,” said Chipman. “I didn’t think that was possible but we really hung in there, just not able to get some shots to fall.”

The second half in particular is where Kansas State asserted their dominance up front as well as from the perimeter as Rodney McGruder, Kansas State guard chipped in with 18 points including 5-5 from three point range to lead the Wildcats.

Washburn eventually began to fall behind by 30 plus points. Some of the calls that the officials leveled in the game against the Ichabods didn’t sit well with Chipman who was whistled with a technical foul with roughly five minutes left to go in the game.

Kansas State eventually ran out the clock as they took the win 90-44 through tough defense and a deep front line.

For Washburn it was another learning experience as they continue to prepare themselves for the upcoming regular season.

“We are starting to feel confident and get more into our system,” said Virgil Philistin, senior guard. “We should be ready by the time season starts.”