In a rematch from the Eastern New Mexico Tournament in Portales, New Mexico, the Ichabods hosted the Tigers of Fort Hayes State University in conference play Wednesday night. The Ichabods were looking to avenge a loss to the Tigers from earlier this season in New Mexico and stop a three game losing streak. While the Tigers were looking to get there first win in MIAA play.
The first half started out as a back and forth scoring battle, but then the Ichabods took control and went on a 12-2 scoring run. The Ichabods defense was tough during the first half, holding the Tigers to only 16 points. The half ended with the Ichabods up 33-16 over the Tigers.
As the second half got underway, both teams came out strong and forced a faster pace against one anothers’ games. Junior guard Grant Hargett forced two turnovers against the Tigers and slammed the ball into the basket off of a fast break. The Tigers didn’t back down though, but it wasn’t enough as the Ichabods denied the Tigers there first victory in the MIAA, 69-57.
With Seniors Michael Williams and Frank Phifer out of the starting line-up Wednesday night, Juniors Andrew Meile and Grant Hargett stepped up and brought there A games. Meile lead the team in scoring with 14 points. While Hargett scored 12 points and recorded 8 rebounds. Even though Frank Phifer did not start the game, he still had an impact against Fort Hays State by providing 11 points and 8 rebounds.
The Ichabods return to action this Saturday against the Truman Bulldogs. Tip-off begins at 3:30 p.m. The Ichabods return home next week. On Wednesday night, January 17 against Southwest Baptist at 7:30 at Lee Arena. Then on Saturday, January 20 they go up against Pittsburgh State, tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. at Lee Arena and can be viewed live on KTWU.