Henderson & Newton Combine for 28 Points|
The Washburn Ichabods had a plus 16 rebounding margin and got two double doubles to beat Nebraska-Kearney, 72-51, Thursday night in Topeka, Kans.
The ‘Bods, who have been nationally-ranked most of the year, improve to 17-6 (10-5) while the Lopers fall to 6-17 (3-12).
Leading from start to finish, Washburn dominated inside against a much smaller Loper squad, scoring 44 of its points in the paint. The son of longtime WU head coach Bob Chipman, 6-8 senior post Bobby Chipman tallied 13 points and pulled down 11 boards (eight defensive).
MIAA Player of the Year candidate Will McNeill, a 6-1 senior guard, was one of four others to reach double digits. He scored 12 and handed out 10 assists while also having five steals in 31 minutes of work.
Having just nine turnovers, Washburn held UNK to 37.5 % (21 of 56) shooting. The 51 points was a season low for the Lopers and the fewest by a Kearney team since last year’s season opener, a 65-51 setback to Fort Hays State.
Individually, senior wing Jon Henderson (Salt Lake City, Utah) and sophomore wing Pierre Newton (Laveen, Ariz.) each tallied 14, combining to go 10 of 25 from the field (4 of 8 threes). The pair also combined for six rebounds and three assists.
Also for the Lopers, sophomore forward Tyler Shields (Kearney) had seven points and seven rebounds (four offensive).
UNK is at Missouri Western State Saturday night. The game is on live t.v. throughout Kansas and Missouri.