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Tigers ride big edge at charity stripe to 68-58 win over Ichabod men

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

By RICK PETERSON
TopSports.news

Washburn University's men's basketball team gave itself a chance in Wednesday's MIAA opener against Fort Hays State, but couldn't get over the hump in a 68-58 loss at Lee Arena.

After trailing by 11 points with 55-44 with 6:16 remaining, the Ichabods battled back to within three points (57-54) on a 3-pointer from Isaiah Thorne with three minutes left and were still within four (62-58) inside the final minute before the Tigers scored the final six points.

"Our defense has been pretty solid in all these games and has kept us in it,'' Washburn coach Brett Ballard said. "We've got to find a way to score the ball.

"We're just not generating enough easy baskets at the rim and then our 3-point shooting in the real games so far has been brutal. We've got to knock down some shots.''

Washburn, which fell to 3-4 overall and 0-1 in the MIAA, outscored the Tigers 45-44 from the field but Fort Hays State connected on 24 of 34 free throws to outscore the Ichabods, who were 13 of 19, by a decisive 11 points at the line.

 The Ichabods jumped out to a 6-0 lead and would go on to lead 14-10 before the Tigers (5-0, 1-0 MIAA) used a 7-0 run to take a 17-14 lead.

After Washburn regained the lead at 20-17 with 8:33 to play in the opening half, the Tigers used an 11-3 run to push their lead to 28-23 and took a 36-29 advantage at halftime.
 
The Ichabods cut Fort Hays State's lead to 41-38 with a 9-3 run before the Tigers eventually stretched their advantage to double digits.

Fort Hays State finished the game with an 11-4 spurt, hitting nine of 11 free throws down the stretch to snap Washburn's six-game winning streak over the Tigers.

Freshman Andrew Orr scored a career-high 14 points for Washburn while hitting all seven of his field goal attempts and Orr added six rebounds and two blocks.

Freshman Michael Keegan had 13 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two assists while Thorne had a career-high six assists to go with seven points.

Washburn was still without All-America point guard Tyler Geiman as well as Jonny Clausing and Tyler Nelson against the Tigers.
 
The Tigers were led by Nyjee Wright with 15 points and Jared Vitztum with 14.
 
Washburn finished 21 of 52 from the field, hitting 3 of 14 shots from 3-point range.

The Tigers were 19 of 53 from the field and were six of 23 on 3s.
 
The Tigers had a 38 to 31 rebounding advantage, turning 12 offensive rebounds into 11 second-chance points.

The Ichabods return to action on Saturday hosting Nebraska-Kearney at 3 p.m. in Lee Arena. 

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Top-ranked Tigers pull away for 72-50 win over Washburn women

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

By RICK PETERSON
TopSports.news

Washburn's struggling women's basketball team showed some glimpses of the team Ichabod coach Ron McHenry has been looking for in Wednesday night's MIAA opener.

But there weren't enough of those glimpses, or for long enough periods, to give the Ichabods a chance for an upset against Division II's No. 1-ranked team, with Fort Hays State pulling away in the second half for a 72-50 victory at Lee Arena.

"That's kind of been what we've done all year,'' McHenry said. "We've had moments of pretty good basketball, just not a long enough period of it to find that winning way versus how to give away the game or just not get in a game.''

Fort Hays State, which improved to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference, jumped out to 5-0 and 14-2 leads at the start of the game, but Washburn (1-5, 0-1) clawed back to within 17-12 at the end of the opening quarter and was still within single digits through most of the second quarter before the Tigers scored the final three points for a 36-24 halftime advantage.

The Tigers proceeded to open up a 40-24 lead early in the second half and led 55-36 at the start of the fourth quarter before leading by as much as 25 points midway through the final period.

Washburn struggled through a 34-percent shooting night from the field (17-50) and hit just 3 of 15 3-point attempts (20 percent) while Fort Hays State shot 45.3 percent (24 of 53) and hit 7 of 15 3s (46.7 percent).

"It's just kind of a battle right now for sure,'' McHenry said.

Four players cracked double figures for the Tigers, led by Olivia Hollenbeck with 13 points, while Lauren West added 12 and Katie Wagner and Megan Earney 11 apiece.

West and Earney both canned 3-pointers while Wagner grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.

Seniors Hunter Bentley and Nuria Barrientos scored nine points apiece for Washburn while Macy Doebele  added seven points and Barrientos led the Ichabods with five rebounds.

Former Shawnee Heights standout guard Alie Fulks, a freshman, saw 9:13 of playing time for Washburn and scored the first points of her college career on a 3-pointer.

Washburn will be back at home Saturday to host Nebraska-Kearney in a 1 p.m. MIAA contest.

FORT HAYS STATE WOMEN 72, WASHBURN 50 

Fort Hays State 17 19 19 17 -- 72 

Washburn 12 12 12 14 -- 50 

FORT HAYS STATE (6-0, 1-0) 

Hollenbeck 5-7 3-3 13, West 4-10 1-1 12, Wagner 3-11 5-6 11, Randall 3-7 2-2 9, Bergmann 2-4 3-3 7, Dilsaver 0-1 0-0 0, Sallach 3-7 1-2 7, Thompson 1-2 0-0 2, Ruddle 0-0 0-0 0, Earney 3-4 2-2 11. Totals 24-53 17-19 72.

WASHBURN (1-5, 0-1) 

Cassaday 0-1 0-0 0, Gamble 2-5 0-0 5, Glatczak 0-1 0-0 0, Bentley 3-8 3-3 9, Barrientos 3-6 3-3 9, Doebele 1-6 5-6 7, Dewey 1-4 1-3 3, Sanchez 2-4 0-0 4, Oliver 1-4 0-2 2, Chapman 2-4 1-2 5, Fulks 1-3 0-0 3, Willey 1-4 0-0 3, Broadie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-50 13-19 50. 

3-point goals -- Fort Hays State 7-15 (Earney 3-4, West 3-7, Randall 1-3, Wagnewr 0-1 ), Washburn 3-14 (Gamble 1-2, Fulks 1-2, Willey 1-2, Bentley 0-4, Dewey 0-2, Doebele 0-1, Sanchez 0-1, Barrientos 0-1). Rebounds — Fort Hays State 34 (Wagner 7), Washburn 30 (Doebele 5, Dewey 5). Assists -- Fort Hays State 14 (Randall 3, Earney 3), Washburn 7 (Oliver 3). Turnovers -- Fort Hays State 9, Washburn 12. Total fouls -- Fort Hays State 19, Washburn 17. Fouled out -- none. Technical fouls -- none.