The Ichabods trailed by as many as 11 in the first half at 15-4 with 10:42 to go in the opening stanza but rallied to take the lead on three different occasions with the final lead coming at 25-24 as De’Andre Washington wrapped up the 20-10 run with a lay up with 2:18 to go in the half. Central pushed the lead back to three, but Stutz scored on a lay up with five seconds left sending the Ichabods to the locker room trailing 30-29.
The Mules came out of the break and quickly pushed their lead to six at 35-29 with 18:55 to go. Following an Ichabod timeout, Washburn cut the lead to two – the final time coming at 37-35 after Virgil Philistin connected on a lay up. A 12 to 5 run stretched the Mule lead to 49-40 with 11:20 left. The Ichabods would trim the lead to five with just over 10 minutes to go on a lay up by Stutz and a pair of free throws by Bobby Chipman.
Again Central jumped back out to a nine point lead before the Ichabods would get within five at 56-51 on another Stutz lay up. A 12 to 3 run by the Mules over the next 4:04 would stretch the cushion to 14 and the Ichabods would get no closer than eight the rest of the way.
Stutz finished with a game-high 22 points off the bench hitting 10 of 12 shots and canning his only 3-point attempt while adding eight rebounds with five on the offensive end. Washington recorded his ninth double double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Mauice Colter added 11.
Alex Moosmann led the Mules with 20 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the field. Ryan Harris added 19 and Sanjay Watts had 17 and Bryce Brunz had 10.
The Ichabods outrebounded the Mules 35 to 28 in the game while holding Central Missouri to only three offensive rebounds. The Ichabods had 13 boards on their offensive end scoring 17 second chance points. The Ichabods outscored the Mules 34 to 12 in the paint as well.
Washburn finished the game 26 of 62 from the field for a 42 percent average while the Mules were 23 of 43 for 52 percent shooting. The Mules held a 28 to 10 advantage in free throw attempts while converting a total of 21 of 28 while the Ichabods were 7 of 10.