The Washburn Ichabods rallied from a 13-point first half deficit and closed the game on a 26-13 run leading to an 87-73 win over Tampa in their first game of the Cruzin’ Classic. The Ichabods will face Palm Beach Atlantic on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. CST.
The Spartans (3-9) jumped out to a 8-0 lead as the Ichabods (6-4) did not record their first points until Jonny Clausing hit a jumper with 15:46 to go in the opening half. Tampa pushed its lead to as many as 13 at 30-17 with 6:49 to play before the Ichabods used a 15-6 run trimming the lead to four at 36-32 with 2:26 to play. But Tampa hit a pair of 3-pointers and a jumper pushing the lead back to 10 at 44-34 entering the break.
Washburn came out in the second half outscoring the Spartans 53-29 taking the lead for good at 61-60 on a layup by Drew Maschoff off one of Tyler Geiman’s nine assists. Washburn went on to lead by as many as 14 with under a minute to go at 87-73 completing the comeback win.
Geiman led the Ichabods with a team-high 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting while adding seven rebounds and the nine assists. Maschoff recorded a career-high 24 points with nine rebounds hitting all nine of his free throw attempts. Jalen Lewis had 13, Jonny Clausing had 11 and Keven Biggs had 10 points and 10 rebounds for his first double double. Washburn starters had 83 of 87 points.
Washburn was limited to 38 percent shooting in the first half on 13 of 34 shooting improving to 16 of 29 in the second half to finish at 46 percent for the game. After hitting 20 of 36 shots in the first half, the Spartans were 10 of 24 in the second half to finish 30 of 60 overall.
Washburn outrebounded the Spartans 40 to 30 overall and had 19 second chance points compared to three for Tampa.