January 7, 2012

14th ranked Lions fall 67-49 at Washburn

Topeka, Kan. -- The Washburn Ichabods scored the game's first points and never looked back, leading the entire way in an upset win over the 14th ranked Missouri Southern men today at Lee Arena in Topeka.

The Lions (12-3, 5-3 MIAA) uncharacteristically shot the ball just 37.2 percent from the field and committed 19 turnovers, compared to nine for Washburn (10-4, 5-2 MIAA). The Ichabods scored 21 points off of the 19 Lions' miscues.

Southern was led offensively by Keane Thomann as the senior picked up 16 points and five rebounds in 35 minutes of play. Thomann was the lone Lions player in double-figures. Jason Adams, Jordan Talbert and Patrick Hester had seven points each.

The Ichabods were led offensively by 13 points from Will McNeil, while Joseph Smith had 12 points off the bench.

Washburn opened the game on a 7-3 run and led 16-4 after a layup from Christian Ulsaker with 15 minutes left in the first half. The Lions cut the lead to three twice late in the half, both on three's from Christian Salecich, with the last at 2:55 left in the half and the Ichabods leading 32-39. Washburn, however, closed the half on a 6-0 run to lead 38-29 going into the locker room.

The Lions got to within six (45-39) with 12:39 left in the second half after a free-throw from Hester. That would be as close as the Lions would get, however, as the lead increased to as much as 19 with 21 seconds left in the game.

The 49 points are the lowest Southern has scored in an MIAA game since a 48-47 win over Truman in 2004-05. The Lions were out rebounded 40-34, but 18-9 on the offensive boards.

Southern will be back at it on Monday night as the Lions travel to Fort Hays for a match-up with the eighth ranked Fort Hays State Tigers.