College men's basketball: UMD upset by Washburn in tournament opener
The Bulldogs' season ends with a 25-6 record.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Minnesota Duluth's first berth in the NCAA Division II men's basketball tournament since 2003 ended in disappointment on Saturday, as Washburn upset the Bulldogs 83-73 at the Sanford Pentagon to end their season in the Central Regional quarterfinal round.
The second-seeded Bulldogs were significantly outshot by the seventh-seeded Ichabods. UMD went 17-for-52 from the field (32.7 percent), which was their worst such performance of the season by a significant margin both by total makes and percentage.
The Bulldogs held a narrow lead for most of the first half but gave up a 10-3 run to end the period to fall behind 32-29 at the break. The Bulldogs had no field goals in the last 11:46 of the first half, but the offense advanced one point at a time. Despite going 0-for-their-last-10 with four turnovers in that span, they did get to the free-throw line eight times, going 14-for-16.
Lincoln Meister ended the drought with a dunk on the first possession of the second half. However, a 10-0 run near the midpoint of the second half allowed the Ichabods to turn a three-point lead into a 13-point lead in 3:01 of game time. UMD had another cold spell here, going 0-for-5 with an offensive foul that was punctuated by a technical foul.
The Washburn lead was 64-48 with 7:59 to play, but a trey and a jumper from Joshua Brown on back-to-back possessions started a comeback, and after consecutive 3-pointers from Drew Blair, it was 68-63 with 3:51 left. UMD missed three more shots and split a pair of free throws down the stretch, while Washburn scored, either by twos or free throws, on five straight trips to make an insurmountable 81-70 lead with 53 seconds to play.
NSIC North Division Player of the Year Austin Andrews was billed as a gametime decision after injuring his knee in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament semifinals and could not go.
The Bulldogs had four players score in double figures. Blair had 20 points and Brown 19, with Blair going 8-for-8 from the line and Brown 8-for-10. Jack Middleton added 11 points and Jacob Shields 10.
Tyler Geiman and Jalen Lewis scored 21 points apiece for the Ichabods (22-10), who were 31-for-63 from the field and outscored the Bulldogs 40-14 in the paint.
UMD finishes its season 25-6.