No. 8 Lions fall 71-66 at Washburn

Topeka, Kan. -- Washburn's D'Andre Washington went 7-7 from the free-throw line down the stretch and the eighth ranked Missouri Southern Lions fell on the road, 71-66 at Washburn tonight. 

Southern (20-3, 16-3 MIAA) was led in scoring by Keane Thomann as the junior big man had 20 points and five rebounds. Jason Adams scored 18 and pulled down six boards, while Skyler Bowlin scored 12 and dished out three assists. 

Washburn (16-7, 13-6 MIAA) was led by a pair of double-doubles with Logan Stutz scoring 20 and pulling down 10 rebounds, while Washington added 12 points and 12 rebounds on 8-10 shooting from the free-thow line. 

The Lions opened up a 5-1 lead early and led by five (10-5), after a bucket from Adams at the 15:04 mark of the first half. Washburn took the lead (12-10) after a three pointer from Washington capped a 7-0 run by the Ichabods. Both teams traded baskets and neither team led by more than four down the stretch as a pair of free-throws by Adams tied the game at 35 going into the locker room. 

Both teams continued to trade buckets in the second half before Washburn took a seven-point lead (52-45) at the 11:42 mark of the second half on a bucket from Alex North. The Lions would re-take the lead, however, at the four minute mark as a three from Patrick Hester gave Southern a 62-61 lead. 

A three from Jadarren Mumpfield gave Washburn a 65-62 lead with 2:25 left and the Ichabods would not relinquish. 

The Lions were dominated by Washburn on the boards 45-26, including a 24-4 advantage on the offensive end, allowing 21 second-chance points. The Ichabods also forced 18 Southern turnovers, scoring 15 points off of the miscues. 

Southern will be back in action this Saturday as they travel down I-70 for a match up with Fort Hays State.