After being tied at the break and trailing by as many as 10 in the second half and one with 1:52 to go in the game, the Washburn Ichabods finished off the comeback hitting 4 of 5 free throws down the stretch and their only field goal attempt in a 76-74 win over Central Missouri on Thursday night in Lee Arena. Washburn will wrap up the home slate on Saturday at 3 p.m. against Lincoln.
With the Mules holding a 71-70 lead with 1:52 to play after a pair of free throws, Jace Williams used a traditional 3-point play with 1:35 to go putting Washburn up 73-71. After the teams traded turnovers, a UCM missed a layup with 19 seconds to play, Washburn recovered a jump ball with 17 seconds left and Jalen Lewis was fouled where he hit the first and missed the second.
The Mules (10-16, 5-12 MIAA) hit a layup with 10 seconds to play and Keven Biggs hit both free throws with three seconds left putting Washburn up 76-73. The Mules were fouled before attempting a 3-pointer and hit the first free throw cutting the lead to 76-74 and intentionally missed the second which was grabbed by Tyler Nelson sealing the win for Washburn, who improved to 15-10 and 10-6 in the MIAA.
The game was tied at 32 at the break after a hot-shooting Mules team connected on 57 percent of their shots while Washburn was 12 of 27 for a 44 percent clip. The Mules continued their torrid shooting in the second half hitting 60 percent from the field to finish at 58 percent for the game hitting 28 of 48 shots and 12 of 21 from deep.
Tyler Geiman recorded his sixth career double double and fourth of the season with a team-high 17 points and 10 assists adding six rebounds. Tyler Nelson recorded a career-high 16 points off the bench hitting four 3-pointers in the game. Jonny Clausing had 12 points adding five rebounds.
Matt Wilkinson led the Mules with 31 points in 30 minutes of play hitting 10 of 14 3-pointers in the game.
Washburn was outrebounded 27 to 24 in the game. Washburn was 17 of 23 from the free throw line including 14 of 17 in the second half while the Mules were 6 of 9. Washburn also forced 19 Mule turnovers leading to 14 points.
Washburn’s bench was huge in the game outscoring the Mule reserves 42 to 6.