Hounds fall to Ichabods in title clash

PNT Staff

TOPEKA, Kan. — Senior guard Karlton Mims scored 23 points and added 10 assists Saturday night as host Washburn, ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II, defeated Eastern New Mexico University 102-82 to win the championship of its own holiday classic men’s basketball tournament.
Mims went 6-for-7 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and was 9-for-9 from the line as the Ichabods (5-0) improved to 30-2 all-time in the event.
Senior forward Travis Robbins added 22 points for Washburn, which shot better than 60 percent in each half and finished at 64 percent (34-of-53).
The Greyhounds (2-2) got season-bests of 21 points from junior guard Billy Austin and 19 points and 10 rebounds from junior forward Daniel Sherman. ENMU advanced to the finals of the four-team tournament by rallying from a 13-point deficit with eight minutes left to beat Fort Hays State 61-59 on Friday.
After the teams exchanged the lead for most of the first seven minutes, a 3-pointer by Washburn’s Randy Brown tied the score 19-19 with 12:56 left in the half and kicked off an 8-0 run which put the Ichabods in front for good.
Down 50-39 at halftime, Eastern got within eight points a couple of times early in the second half before the Ichabods slowly pulled away.
Kyle Snyder added 13 points and Randy Brown 10 for the Ichabods while ENMU, which shot 52 percent for the game (32-of-62), also got double-figure scoring from junior point guard Jolen Montoya (15) and senior forward Jamaal Hunnicutt (13). Hunnicutt, Sherman, Mims and Robbins were all named to the all-tournament team.
On Friday, ENMU edged Fort Hays on two free throws by senior Irshaun Pinckney with two seconds left. It was the second consecutive game the Hounds had won after trailing by 13 points with less than 10 minutes left.
Hunnicutt scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Hounds, while Pinckney and junior Jason Breland each added 11 points.
Guard Tyrone Shepherd led four FHSU players in double figures with 14 points before fouling out in the final minute.
The Hounds were in front 12-10 with 9 1/2 minutes left in the half, but fell behind 28-18 at halftime after shooting just 27 percent from the field. Down 50-37, Austin’s 3-pointer started ENMU’s comeback with 7:40 left.

Washburn Holiday Classic
At Topeka, Kan.
Friday’s games
Semifinals
Eastern New Mexico 61, Fort Hays State 59
Washburn 110, Lincoln 76
Saturday’s games
Third place
Fort Hays State 66, Lincoln 65
Championship
Washburn 102, ENMU 82

Friday’s semifinals
ENMU 61, Fort Hays State 59
Fort Hays State (1-2) —
Derrick Turner 4-9 5-6 13, David Reupke 1-4 4-5 6, Marques Woods 4-9 2-4 11, Tyrone Shephard 6-7 1-4 14, Derrick Graham 3-8 5-5 11, Michael Wolters 0-1 0-0 0, Jeremy Atwater 0-4 2-2 2, Rodrick Hall 0-1 0-0 0, Brian Gentry 0-0 0-0 0, Maurice Henson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 19-45 19-26 59.
Eastern New Mexico (2-1) — Jamaal Hunnicutt 5-12 6-8 16, Edmound Elzy 1-4 1-2 3, Jolen Montoya 3-8 0-0 7, Irshaun Pinckney 4-6 3-3 11, Billy Austin 1-3 0-2 3, Reggie Wallace 2-8 0-0 4, Jason Breland 5-10 1-1 11, Daniel Sherman 1-4 4-6 6. Totals 22-55 15-22 61.
Halftime — Fort Hays State 28, Eastern New Mexico 18. 3-pointers — Fort Hays State 2-8 (Shephard 1-2, Woods 1-3, Graham 0-1, Henson 0-1), Eastern New Mexico 2-14 (Austin 1-2, Montoya 1-3, Pinckney 0-1, Elzy 0-2, Breland 0-3, Wallace 0-3). Rebounds — Fort Hays State 34 (Turner 11), Eastern New Mexico 29 (Hunnicutt 7). Assists — Fort Hays State 4 (four tied with 1), Eastern New Mexico 15 (Montoya 7). Total fouls — Fort Hays State 23, Eastern New Mexico 17. Fouled out — Shephard. A — 600.

Saturday’s championship
Washburn 102, ENMU 82
Eastern New Mexico (2-2) —
Jamaal Hunnicutt 4-7 5-6 13, Daniel Sherman 9-14 0-1 19, Jolen Montoya 6-9 0-0 15, Irshaun Pinckney 2-7 0-0 5, Billy Austin 7-10 4-5 21, Reggie Wallace 1-7 1-2 3, Jason Breland 2-4 0-0 4, Edmound Elzy 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 32-62 10-14 82.
Washburn (5-0) — Travis Robbins 9-14 4-4 22, Kyle Snyder 6-7 0-2 13, Kris Milburn 3-3 1-1 8, Carl Jenkins 2-6 0-0 4, Karleton Mims 6-7 9-9 23, Andrew Meile 0-0 0-0 0, Kyle Fisher 1-1 0-0 2, Jerad Head 0-3 8-10 8, Randy Brown 3-6 2-2 10, Brady Sisk 3-4 3-3 9, Harold Cade 0-1 1-2 1, Joe Manthe 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 34-53 28-33 102.
Halftime — Washburn 50, Eastern New Mexico 39. 3-pointers — Eastern New Mexico 8-19 (Austin 3-5, Montoya 3-6, Sherman 1-1, Pinckney 1-4, Breland 0-1, Elzy 0-2), Washburn 6-12 (Mims 2-2, Brown 2-4, Milburn 1-1, Snyder 1-1, Jenkins 0-1, Head 0-1). Rebounds — Eastern New Mexico 26 (Sherman 10), Washburn 30 (Robbins 7). Assists — Eastern New Mexico 16 (Austin 7), Washburn 24 (Mims 10). Total fouls — Eastern New Mexico 21, Washburn 13. Fouled out — none. A — 3,125.

Women — At Joplin, Mo., senior guard Aubrie Hallman converted four consecutive free throws in the final 1:42 — including two on an ENMU bench technical with no time left on the clock — to give host Missouri Southern a 51-48 win over the Zias on the second day of the Lions’ four-team classic.
Hallman scored 23 points and junior guard Nicole Greninger added four 3-pointers and 14 points for the Lions (4-1), who have never lost in their Thanksgiving holiday event (31-0). Hallman also had eight assists and six rebounds.
Senior guard Laci Lee scored a season-best 20 points for the Zias (2-3) on 6-of-12 field goal shooting and 7-of-7 from the line, but no one else reached double figures for ENMU. Senior post Loren Scarlett, making her first appearance of the season scored seven points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench.
On Friday, Pittsburg State scored on its first possession of the game and never relinquished the lead in pounding ENMU 76-53.
The Zias led Missouri Southern 7-0 after 3 1/2 minutes, but fell behind on Lions runs of 13 and six points and trailed 25-23 at halftime. Down 41-36 after a 3-pointer by Hallman with 9:04 left, ENMU held Southern scoreless for nearly five minutes and pushed in front 43-41 on a layup by Lee with 4:53 to go.
The lead seesawed for a couple of minutes before Lee’s 3-point play with 2:51 left put the Zias ahead for the final time 48-47.
On Friday, ENMU ran into a buzzsaw against Pitt State, which knocked down 12 of its first 13 shots and rolled to a 34-10 lead with eight minutes left in the half.
The Zias mounted an 11-0 run at that point to pare the deficit to 13, but never got any closer. The Gorillas put four players in double figures, led by reserve Tracy Patry’s 18 points.
ENMU, which shot 36 percent, got 17 points and six rebounds from senior Mika Robertson and 11 points from junior Tia Doss.

Missouri Southern Classic
At Joplin, Mo.
Friday’s games
Pittsburg State 76, Eastern New Mexico 53
Missouri Southern 85, Ozark Christian College 31
Saturday’s games
Pittsburg State 93, Ozark Christian College 30
Missouri Southern 51, Eastern New Mexico 48

Friday
Pittsburg State 76, ENMU 53
Pittsburg State (3-1) —
Janelle Klein 6-6 3-5 15, Kami Scrivner 5-14 7-7 18, Maggie Apt 0-0 2-2 2, Melissa Watkins 2-3 0-0 6, Megan Ripperton 4-6 0-0 10, Michelle Harper 0-0 0-0 0, Amanda Koetting 1-3 0-1 2, Nikki Pierce 1-5 0-0 2, Kara Kinney 1-5 0-0 3, Tracy Patry 7-11 4-4 18. Totals 27-53 16-19 76.
Eastern New Mexico (2-2) — Tia Doss 3-9 5-5 11, Mika Robertson 6-16 3-3 17, Tiana Bryant 1-6 3-3 5, Heather Brown 3-4 0-3 7, Laci Lee 1-4 3-3 5, Riikka Lehtonen 2-5 1-2 5, Casey Rodriguez 1-3 1-2 3, Ashley Davidson 0-0 0-0 0, Dynesha Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-47 16-21 53.
Halftime — Pittsburg State 46, Eastern New Mexico 29. 3-pointers — Pittsburg State 6-15 (Watkins 2-3, Ripperton 2-4, Scrivner 1-2, Kinney 1-4, Pierce 0-2), Eastern New Mexico 3-10 (Robertson 2-5, Brown 1-2, Lee 0-1, Bryant 0-2). Rebounds — Pittsburg State 31 (Ripperton 7), Eastern New Mexico 29 (Robertson 6). Assists — Pittsburg State 19 (Ripperton 10), Eastern New Mexico 10 (Brown 5). Total fouls — Pittsburg State 17, Eastern New Mexico 20. Fouled out — none. Technicals — Eastern New Mexico bench. A — 424.

Saturday
Missouri Southern 51, ENMU 48
Eastern New Mexico (2-3) —
Doss 2-3 1-4 5, Robertson 2-6 3-4 7, Bryant 4-11 0-0 9, Brown 0-2 0-0 0, Lee 6-12 7-7 20, Lehtonen 0-0 0-0 0, Rodriguez 0-1 0-2 0, Davidson 0-3 0-0 0, Loren Scarlett 3-9 0-0 7. Totals 17-47 11-17 48.
Missouri Southern (4-1) — Vonny Wilson 2-10 2-2 6, Amy Adkison 1-3 1-2 3, Nicole Greninger 5-8 0-0 14, Katie Deen 1-4 0-0 3, Aubrie Hallman 6-14 9-12 23, Erica Redman 0-4 0-1 0, Davie Ruetlinger 0-8 0-0 0, Andrea Gossard 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 15-53 14-19 51.
Halftime — Missouri Southern 25, Eastern New Mexico 23. 3-pointers — Eastern New Mexico 3-11 (Bryant 1-2, Lee 1-2, Scarlett 1-3, Robertson 0-1, Rodriguez 0-1, Davidson 0-2), Missouri Southern 7-18 (Greninger 4-7, Hallman 2-4, Deen 1-3, Gossard 0-1, Redman 0-3). Rebounds — Eastern New Mexico 42 (Scarlett 11), Missouri Southern (Greninger, Wilson 7). Assists — Eastern New Mexico 5 (Brown 2), Missouri Southern 11 (Hallman 8). Total fouls — Eastern New Mexico 16, Missouri Southern 15. Fouled out — none. Technicals — Eastern New Mexico bench. A — n/a.