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Rural boys roll to 6A sub-state final with 51-33 win over Manhattan

Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON

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Washburn Rural boys basketball team made sure it wasn't deja vu all over again Tuesday night, with the Junior Blues rolling to a 51-33 home Class 6A sub-state semifinal win over Manhattan to advance to Friday's championship game at Free State.

Rural had been upset by Wichita West on its home floor in last year's sub-state semis, but the 14-6 Junior Blues were never really in danger on Tuesday, scoring the first 9 points of the night and cruising to their third win of the season over the Junior Blues' Centennial League rival.

JackHutchinsonManhattanSenior Jack Hutchinson led all scorers with 17 points in Washburn Rural's 51-33 sub-state win over Manhattan. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

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No. 2 seed Washburn men to open MIAA tourney at home against Rogers State

Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON

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The No. 25-ranked Washburn men's basketball team will open postseason at Lee Arena, hosting Rogers State in a 6 p.m. MIAA Tournament quarterfinal contest.

Washburn, 16-6 overall and in the MIAA, is coming off a 73-70 comeback win over Emporia State last Saturday, rallying from a 14-point halftime deficit, while Rogers State (11-11, 11-11) suffered a 78-76 MIAA loss at Northeastern State on Saturday.

The Ichabods swept the two regular-season meetings against the Hillcats winning 81-74 on Dec. 12 in Claremore, Okla. and taking an 88-77 home victory on Feb. 4.

The Ichabods have never faced the Hillcats in the conference tournament.

Senior Tyler Geiman leads WU in scoring (21 point per fame),  assists (6.2 average), rebounds (6.5 average), steals (1.7 average) and minutes (36.3 per game).

Junior Jalen Lewis is averaging 12.5 points and has hit 54 of 110 3-point attempts while sophomore Tyler Nelson averages 11.4 points and junior Jonny Clausing 9.9 points and 4 rebounds.

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