No. 1 Northwest Missouri holds off Washburn, 86-78, at Municipal

Freshman guard Tyler Geiman nets 15 points, shares WU team-high with Brady Skeens

In this file photo, Washburn’s Tyler Geiman takes a short jumper against Baker last week. Geiman had 15 points in WU’s 86-78 loss to No. 1-ranked Northwest Missouri on Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo.. (Rex Wolf/Special to The Capital-Journal)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – MIAA basketball should be fun this season based on a preview late Tuesday night in Municipal Auditorium.


Reigning Division II champion Northwest Missouri claimed its 16th consecutive victory and did nothing to sully any predictions the Bearcats will repeat as league champions.

But Washburn could have a say-so. The Ichabods played their best game yet under first-year coach Brett Ballard, challenging the top-ranked Bearcats before tumbling 86-78.

Although the Ichabods defended two-time MIAA player of the year Justin Pitts well for most of the game, the Northwest point guard closed with a flurry.

Pitts scored seven straight points to help overturn a 65-61 Washburn lead. Down the stretch, Pitts was practically unstoppable too on dribble penetration and finished with a game-high 22 points.

Freshman guard Tyler Geiman led the Ichabods’ upset bid, scoring 11 of his 15 points in the second half. Senior forward Brady Skeens added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Washburn led by as many as eight in the first half before Northwest went on a 13-0 tear behind two 3-pointers from reserve forward Ryan Welty. Pitts also scored his first field goal, a 3-pointer, during that stretch.

Skeens scored nine first-half points to lead the Ichabods and also snagged five rebounds. Chris-Ebou Ndow scored 13 of his 19 points for the Bearcats in the first half, going 3 of 4 from behind the arc.



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