Missouri Western hands WU men first loss, 74-67

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News writer.


A lot had gone right for the No. 5-ranked Washburn men's basketball team over its first eight games of the 2020-21 season.

A lot went wrong for the Ichabods In Saturday's Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association game at Missouri Western, with Washburn dropping a 74-67 decision to the No. 22-ranked Griffons to fall to 8-1 on the season.

Washburn lost 6-foot-9 junior Jonny Clausing to a foot injury less than a minute into the game and never did find its shooting touch against the Griffons, also 8-1 on the year, with the Ichabods hitting 19 of 64 field goal attempts overall (29.7 percent) and going 6 of 31 from 3-point range (19.3 percent).

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Bentley scores 27 as WU women end long layoff with 61-49 win


Washburn senior Hunter Bentley started making her point that she was in for a good day before Saturday's MIAA game at Missouri Western even started.

Bentley, the former Bishop Miege star, got the chance to shoot two free throws when Western was called for an administrative technical foul and canned both charities to give the Ichabods a 2-0 advantage prior to the opening possession.

Bentley kept finding the bottom of the net throughout the contest, scoring 27 points as Washburn ended a layoff of more than three weeks with a 61-49 romp past the Griffons.

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