In the first half, the Griffons’ defense played a huge role in taking a quick lead. They jumped out to a 19-6 lead in the first 13 minutes.
The Griffons separated themselves at the end of the half, as Alfreeman Flowers made a layup, followed by a steal by Adarius Fulton, passed to Flowers, who finished the play off with a lay-in resulting in a foul called on the Ichabods. The three-point play put Missouri Western ahead 27-18 at halftime.
Reed Mells scored seven points in the first half, tied with Flowers for the team-high. Dzenan Mrkaljevic recorded 11 rebounds in the half. Washburn shot 7-for-26 from the field, going 1-for-8 from the 3-point line.
The Ichabods came out in the second half scoring with efficiency. They scored the first 11 points to take a 29-27 lead. Both teams played an evenly matched game throughout the second period, with neither team taking more than a three-point lead. Washburn held a slim, 46-45 lead with less than 20 seconds to play.
Kalvin Balque was fouled with 2 seconds to play, and split the free throws to send the game into overtime.
In the extra period, Washburn scored the first four points to lead 50-46. Missouri Western drew within two with the ball, but a failed 3-point attempt gave Washburn the ball, and the Ichabods eventually won 56-52 in overtime.
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