Washburn downs Missouri Southern
McNeil leads Ichabods in scoring with 13 points, 10 in first half
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Washburn defeated its third top 25-ranked opponent in a 67-49 win against No. 14 Missouri Southern State, holding the Lions 38 points below their season average and forcing 19 turnovers in the win.
The Lions (12-3, 5-3 MIAA) were limited to five field goals in the second half as the Ichabods held the Lions to 5-22 shooting from the field. The Ichabods led 38-29 at the half and led by as many as 12 jumping out to a 19-7 lead.
The second half saw the Lions trim the lead to six, 45-39 after a free throw by Patrick Hester, but a free throws by Will McNeill and Alex North, a 3-pointer by Jeff Reid and a jumper by North pushed the lead back to 13 with 9:13 to play in the game.
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The Lions would not get closer than 11 the rest of the way. Washburn stretched its lead to as many as 19 on a 3-pointer by Mitch Allen with 21 seconds remaining.
The Ichabods never trailed in the game event though they were outshot in the first half 52 percent to 44 percent.
McNeill led the Ichabods with 13 points, 10 coming in the first half. Joseph Smith recorded a career-high 12 points before fouling out. Every player on the Ichabods scored.
Keane Thomann was the only Lion to reach double figures scoring 16 points on 6-9 shooting.
Washburn finished 25-66 from the field hitting 38 percent overall while the Lions were 16-43. The Lions starters were 4-18 from the field in the second half with Thomann going 4-6 by himself.
Washburn forced the Lions into 19 turnovers leading to 21 points for Washburn while the Ichabods turned the ball over a season-low seven times.