Feb. 20, 2008
Four-Game Win Streak Halted By Washburn
TOPEKA, Kan.-Andrew Meile knocked down six 3-pointers for the second time in three games and Washburn beat Northwest 71-61 Wednesday at Lee Arena.
Meile scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Ichabods (16-8, 8-7 MIAA) to their fourth straight win. Matt Withers and Andy Peterson had 14 points each to pace the Bearcats (17-7, 9-6), who lost for the first time in five games.
Washburn won both of its regular season meetings against Northwest and prevented the Bearcats from gaining ground on Southwest Baptist and Missouri Southern in the MIAA standings. The top three teams in the league lost Wednesday.
Meile made the first five shots he took and had 14 points in the game's first eight minutes. Northwest trailed by as many as eight in the first half and by seven at the break.
Northwest scored the first seven points of the second half to tie the game at 36. Peterson, who had 11 second-half points, tipped in a shot and knocked down one of his four 3-pointers during the 7-0 run.
The Bearcats outscored the Ichabods 17-5 during the first nine minutes of the second half and took a 49-43 lead on Peterson's third 3 of the frame. Peterson was 4 of 6 from behind the arc, while Meile finished 6 of 8.
Washburn was the leading rebounding team in the MIAA heading into Wednesday's games, and although they didn't win the final tally, the Ichabods won the game down the stretch by snatching offensive boards.
Washburn had seven offensive rebounds in the second half, which led to 11 points. The Ichabods got two on one possession and Meile paid it off with his sixth trey of the night. It broke a 56-56 tie and gave Washburn the lead for good. The Ichabods scored 12 of the game's next 14 points following Meile's triple.
Washburn sealed the deal with eight consecutive makes from the free-throw line in the final minute. Northwest scored five points after Meile's dagger.
Northwest lost the turnover battle for the first time this season and Washburn took full advantage. The Ichabods had 12 steals and turned 15 turnovers into 20 points. The Bearcats committed 10 in the first half, which greatly contributed to their halftime deficit.
Next Up: Northwest travels to Joplin, Mo., to take on Missouri Southern Saturday at 3 p.m.
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