Lions take out No. 25 Washburn, 89-80

Photo courtesy MSSU

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Missouri Southern men’s basketball team out scored Washburn 45-33 in the second half and picked up a big 89-80 win over the 25th-ranked Ichabods tonight on Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
Southern (13-8) was led by Cam Martin as he scored 28 points and added 14 rebounds, pushing his career point total to 1,990 and passing Jason Adams for second place on the all-time scoring list at MSSU. Stan Scott had 14 points while Christian Bundy added 12 points and six boards, and Lawson Jenkins had 11 points.
Washburn (15-6) was led by 25 points from Tyler Nelson and 21 points from Tyler Geiman.
The teams traded baskets for most of the first half, but a jumper from Martin with 13:36 gave the Lions a 17-14 lead. A three from Martin with 12:44 on the clock kept the lead at three (20-17), and a layup from Bundy with 10:52 pushed the lead to six (25-19).
Southern led 34-27 after a jumper from Martin with seven minutes left, but Washburn went on an 11-0 run to take a 38-34 lead with just under four remaining on the clock. The Ichabods led 45-39 with 1:39 left, but a pair of free throws from Lawson Jenkins with two seconds left made the halftime score 47-44, Washburn.
Washburn led 54-48 with 18:15 left in the 2nd half, but a 6-0 run from the Lions capped by a layup from Bundy with 16:50 left, tied the game at 54. Washburn led by four (60-56) with 14:21 on the clock, but the Lions got a pair of layups from Yagizhan Selcuk, the last one with 11 minutes to go to cap an 11-4 run to lead 67-64.
A three from Jenkins with 9:16 on the clock made the lead 73-67, Lions but a layup from the Ichabods with just more than seven on the clock gave Washburn a 74-73 lead.
A putback from Selcuk with 4:30 on the clock gave the Lions a 77-76 lead and Jenkins made three freebies with 3:45 to push the lead to four (80-76). A three from Jenkins made the lead 86-80 with a minute to go, while a pair of freebies from Scott with 36 seconds left made it 88-80, which ended up being the final score.
The Lions shot 62 percent in the first half and 53 percent overall in the game. Southern out rebounded Washburn 41-32.