Washburn faces K-State in basketball exhibition

Adam Vlach

The Washburn men’s basketball team concluded its exhibition schedule Saturday, Nov. 8 at Kansas State.

The Wildcats came out of the gate strong, hitting three consecutive three-pointers before Washburn got on the board with a free throw.

Washburn GUARD Alex North hit a three for the Ichabods’ first field goal five minutes into the game.

The Wildcats extended their lead to 14-6, but soon after the second media timeout Washburn narrowed the gap, then trailing 14-11. But that five point run would be Washburn’s last for a while.

Kansas State went on an unanswered 10 point run in the next couple minutes. It was North again who broke the Bods stagnancy with two free throws.

With 5:22 left in the first half, though, Kansas State took its largest lead of the game, 26-13. That gap remained relatively the same until the half ended with a Wildcats lead of 32-22. North led the Ichabods in scoring with seven points. As a team, however, Washburn only shot 21 percent from the field in the first half, and 21 of Kansas State’s 32 points were the result of Washburn turnovers.

The early minutes of the second half consisted of a back-and-forth battle of scoring between the two teams. Washburn got within five points at the 15:09 mark, but that would be as close as they would get as Kansas State began to pull away.

At one point the Wildcats took a 14 point lead. The Ichabods continued to fight, but the final score favored Kansas State, 68-56.