Jan 10, 2020 6:31 AM

Griffons fall on the road at Washburn 86-76

Posted Jan 10, 2020 6:31 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. - Washburn took nearly three times as many free throws as the Griffon Men's Basketball team Thursday night, and made five times more than Missouri Western in an 86-76 win for the Ichabods.

Washburn went 26 of 32 from the line all night, but none were more important than the Ichabods 10 for 10 stretch over the final minute of play. Missouri Western used a 9-0 run to get within four points of the Ichabods with a little over a minute to go, but had to start fouling and Washburn made them pay.

Alex John fouled out on a technical foul with 7:16 left and about 20 seconds later, Tyrell Carroll was whistled for a technical after making a shot to pull the Griffons within two, 67-65. From there, Washburn went on a 9-0 run to stake a 76-65 lead. Five Tyus Millhollin points and a Tyree Martin jumper later, the Griffons were within four, but the Washburn free throw run got started from there.

Missouri Western jumped out to a seven point lead early in the game, but Washburn went to the half up by 10 thanks to a 14-0 run late in the half. The Griffons used a 10-0 run in the middle of the second half and led 63-61 with 9:26 to go before Washburn answered with a 15-2 run.

NOTABLES

- Along with John, Will Eames fouled out late in the game and Tyree Martin ended the game with four fouls. John and Martin played a combined 26 minutes due to foul trouble throughout the game.

- Martin (9) and John (4) combined for 13 points. Washburn scored 40 points in the paint, 10 more than Missouri Western.

- After Washburn shot 50% from the field in the first half, the Ichabods shot 42.3% in the second. The Griffons shot 42.5% in the second half after a 39.4% first.

- Missouri Western was out-rebounded 49-36.

- Tyrell Carroll tied an MWSU record with 24 field goal attempts. He led MWSU with 23 points and five assists. Carroll played all 40 minutes, turning the ball over just once and adding four rebounds.

- Tyus Millhollin continued his recent tear, scoring 22 points with a team-high three steals.

- Will Eames pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and scored 14 points.

UP NEXT

Barring any changes due to the threat of a winter storm, Missouri Western will play at Emporia State (8-5, 2-2) on Saturday. The Hornets lost at home Thursday night, 71-56 to Northwest Missouri State.

--- MWSU Athletics ---

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No. 2 Bearcats pull away to defeat Emporia State 71-56

EMPORIA, Kansas – The No. 2-ranked Northwest Missouri State Bearcat men's basketball team pulled away in the second half to post a 71-56 victory over the Emporia State Hornets at White Auditorium.

Northwest moved to 14-1 overall and 4-1 in MIAA play, while Emporia State dropped to 8-5 overall and 2-2 in league play.

Sophomore Trevor Hudgins surpassed the 20-point mark for the fifth straight game and he posted a game-high 28 points. Hudgins was 6-of-15 from the field, 4-of-7 from three-point range and 12-of-13 at the free throw line. Hudgins missed his next to last free throw of the contest and snapped a consecutive made free throw streak at 29 in a row.

Sophomore Diego Bernard notched his fourth 20-point scoring game of the season with 21 points. Bernard connected on a trio of three-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds. Bernard tossed in two steals and two assists.

Northwest built an eight-point first-half lead at 25-17 following a Ryan Hawkins layup with 3:53 to play opening 20 minutes. However, Emporia State responded with an 8-0 run to knot it up at 25-25.

Bearcat sophomore guard Trevor Hudgins continued his torrid three-point shooting by hitting two in the final 2:15 to push the advantage to six at 31-25. Tyler Dougherty sank a free throw to give Northwest a seven-point edge with :36 left in the half. ESU's Keyon Thomas drilled a three-pointer right before the first-half buzzer to cut the Bearcat lead to 32-28 at the break.

The Hornets stung themselves in the second half when Brenden Van Dyke was assessed a technical foul for shoving the ball at Bearcat Ryan Hawkins. In the ensuing discussion about the play ESU head coach Craig Doty also picked up a technical foul. When all was said and done, Hudgins hit four free throws and Hawkins added two to give the Bearcats a 46-39 advantage with 15:03 to play.

ESU's Zac Owens knocked in a triple to cut the Bearcat lead to two at 46-44. But the Bearcats then unleashed a 16-4 run to take a commanding 62-48 lead with 5:16 to play. The capper to the run was an offensive putback by Hawkins.

Northwest will return to action Saturday at 3 p.m. against Washburn in Topeka, Kansas.

NOTES: Northwest has won six straight matchup against Emporia State … Northwest leads the all-time series, 45-23 … Ryan Hawkins collected his 14th career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds … redshirt freshman Luke Waters made his first career start … the Bearcats made 19-of-21 at the free throw line (90.5%).

--- Northwest Athletics ---