MARYVILLE, Mo. (KSNT) – In a battle of unbeaten teams, #5 Washburn upset #1 ranked Northwest Missouri State on the road Thursday night 84-82 at Bearcat Arena. The win snaps Northwest’s 25 game winning streak.
Washburn led by 3 points with 2 seconds remaining in regulation but Manhattan native Trevor Hudgins was fouled shooting a three pointer and sank all three free throws to force overtime.
In overtime tied at 82, Rathen Carter hit a pair of free throws to give the Ichabods the 84-82 lead and the victory.
Tyler Geiman led the Ichabods with 26 points while Jonny Clausing added 21.
“I’m so proud of our guys because it would have been easy to fold and that’s what I told them,” said Washburn head coach Brett Ballard. “I’m just trying to get their spirits back up a little bit, we were pretty dejected because we kind of felt like we let that slip away, just trying to get their confidence back up, get their emotion back up in the right spot and it doesn’t matter what I say very much, they had to go play, and that’s what they did.”
“Just keep sticking to what we were doing the whole game, keep confident, keep the swagger and we just stuck with it, J-Lew and Rath (Carter) made big shots and we got it done,” added senior point guard Tyler Geiman.
“We’re just a tough team, we come in and practice every day, we go to work and then we bring it in the game and we’ve got more experience than last year, so we’re ready for those moments,” said junior forward Jonny Clausing.
The victory improves Washburn to 8-0 on the season.
Washburn travels to Missouri Western on Saturday.