The Ichabods led from start to finish in an 81-60 win over Lindenwood. The Ichabods will be back in action on Saturday in their final regular season road game of the year at Lincoln at 3 p.m. in Jefferson City, Mo.
The Ichabods (20-5, 13-3 MIAA) led 39-24 at the break after shooting 50 percent from the field while leading the entire 20 minutes. Tyler Geiman led the Ichabods in the first half with nine points, seven rebounds and three assists in the first half. Lindenwood was limited to 8 of 25 shooting including 3 of 12 from deep while forcing nine Lion turnovers.
Washburn jumped out to an 18-8 lead midway through the opening frame and after the Lions cut the lead back to five at 23-18, the Ichabods used a 10-0 lead to push the margin to 15 with 4:12 to go before the half ended with the Lions getting no closer than 11 the rest of the half.
To start the second half Washburn kept the run going scoring the first 10 points of the second half pushing the lead to 49-24 with 17:05 to go. Washburn would go on to lead by as many as 25 in the second half with 10:54 to go, but the Lions used an 8-0 run over a 2:44 stretch to cut the lead to 15 with 4:11 remaining.
Javion Blake led the Ichabods with 24 points recording his 1,700th career point as an Ichabod to move within one point of third on the all-time scoring chart at Washburn trailing Will McNeill who scored 1,701. Geiman recorded his first double double as as Ichabod with 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds adding seven assists with only one turnover. David Salach scored 12 points and Sevon Witt had 10 points. Will McKee also had 10 rebounds.
Brad Newman led the Lions with 17 points dropping to 14-15 overall and 7-10 in the MIAA.
Washburn shot 49 percent in the game hitting 31 of 63 shots overall and went 10 of 13 from the free throw line while holding the Lions to 38 percent shooting hitting 20 of 53. Washburn also outrebounded the Lions 43 to 26.
With the win, the Ichabods secured their first back-to-back-to-back 20-win seasons since the 2002-03, 2003- 04, 2004-05 seasons. The Ichabods were 20-10 in 2016-17 and 22-10 in the 2017-18 season in Brett Ballard‘s first season on the Washburn bench. In program history the Ichabods have had 28, 20-win seasons.
Brett Ballard also recorded the most wins by an Ichabod head coach in after two seasons recording his 42nd against the Lions. The Ichabod coaching record for the most wins in their first two seasons was held by Bob Chipman with 41 during the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons.