MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Washburn Ichabods rallied from a 20-point deficit cutting the lead to one with 38 seconds to go but could not get over the hump in a 101-100 loss in the first round of the NCAA Central Regional to Missouri Southern. Washburn finishes the season 24-8.
Washburn was down 72-52 with 13:29 to go in the game before outscoring the Lions 45-29 over the final 12:20 of the game trimming the lead to 101-100 with 38 seconds to play on a lay up by Javion Blake after the Lions came up empty on a pair of free throws with 58 seconds to go. The Ichabods drew a turnover with 15 seconds to go, but after a jump ball the Ichabods were unable to get a shot off as time expired ending their season with a one-point loss.
The Lions (24-7) led by 10 at the break at 51-41 behind 27 first half points from Cam Martin who scored 46 in the game before fouling out with 5:34 to go. Washburn was led in the opening stanza by Blake with 13 after Tyas Martin scored the first seven points of the game for the Ichabods as Washburn jumped out to a 7-0 lead.
In the second half, Washburn improved from 52 percent shooting to an even warmer 63 percent hitting 24 of 38 attempts including 6 of 12 from deep while the Lions were 17 of 26 overall in the frame going 10 of 17 from deep.
Blake led the Ichabods with 24 points and Martin finished with a career-high 22 points going 10 of 13 from the field. Also reaching double digit scoring was David Salach with 16 and Jalen Lewis with 16 and Tyler Geiman had 11 with eight rebounds and six assists.
The Ichabods finished 58 percent from the field overall going 40 of 69 and hit 10 of 19 3-pointers in the game. Washburn held a 32 to 27 advantage on the glass. The Lions were 57 percent from the field overall hitting 34 of 60 shots hitting 22 of 38 3-point attempts. Inside the arc, the Lions were 12 of 22. The Ichabods outscored the Lions 54 to 24 in the paint.
• The Ichabods 24 wins this season were the most in a single year since winning 25 during the 2011-12 season.
• The Ichabods dropped to 14-14 all-time in the NCAA Tournament
• The Ichabods 100 points was a season high and Washburn fell to 69-5 when scoring at least 100 points and to 0-2 when scoring at least 100 points in the NCAA Tournament (132-114 vs UCO on March 14, 1992 in Topeka in the NCAA second round
• Javion Blake finished his career 3rd on the all-time points chart with 1,829, tied for second on the 3-point chart with 212, third with 322 assists, fifth in field goals made with 615 and fifth in free throws made with 387
• The 46 wins in his first two seasons by Brett Ballard is the most by an Ichabod coach in their first two seasons on the Washburn bench
• The 630 points scored by Javion Blake this season is 10th on the Ichabod single season chart and his 71 3-pointers is eighth on the single season chart
• Tyler Geiman’s 175 assists this season was fourth all-time at Washburn on the single season chart
• David Salach’s 131 games played at Washburn is third all-time and he made his 100th start today
• Salach finished his career second all-time as an Ichabods with 107 career blocks
• Jalen Lewis’ 273 points is the 9th-most by a freshman and his 58 3-pointers is first on the freshman chart and the most since Javion Blake hit 52 during the 2015-16 season