Mules start strong, fall to Ichabods


Alex Agueros - [email protected]



Mules basketball head coach Doug Karleskint kneels during the first half of a Wednesday night game against Washburn. Central Missouri lost to Washburn 58-56.


Mules point guard D’Marnier Cunningham looks back as a foul is called on a Washburn defender. Cunningham finished with two points coming off the bench.


Marquiez Lawrence and D’Marnier Cunningham meet during a break in action during Central Missouri’s 58-56 loss against Washburn on Wednesday. Lawrence finished with six points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes.


Alex Agueros

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Mules basketball head coach Doug Karleskint kneels during the first half of a Wednesday night game against Washburn. Central Missouri lost to Washburn 58-56.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_TSD012816Mules1.jpgMules basketball head coach Doug Karleskint kneels during the first half of a Wednesday night game against Washburn. Central Missouri lost to Washburn 58-56.

Mules point guard D’Marnier Cunningham looks back as a foul is called on a Washburn defender. Cunningham finished with two points coming off the bench.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_TSD012816Mules2.jpgMules point guard D’Marnier Cunningham looks back as a foul is called on a Washburn defender. Cunningham finished with two points coming off the bench.

Marquiez Lawrence and D’Marnier Cunningham meet during a break in action during Central Missouri’s 58-56 loss against Washburn on Wednesday. Lawrence finished with six points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_TSD012816Mules3.jpgMarquiez Lawrence and D’Marnier Cunningham meet during a break in action during Central Missouri’s 58-56 loss against Washburn on Wednesday. Lawrence finished with six points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes.

Central Missouri raced out to an early lead over the visiting Washburn Ichabods with long-range sharp-shooting.

The Mules’ offensive stamina wavered in the second half, and Washburn snuck back into the game and were in front 58-56 by the final horn.

It’s the second loss in three games for UCM.

After opening the game 6-of-11 from beyond the arc, UCM settled at a 24-14 lead. Central Missouri’s largest lead was 43-30 minutes into the second half.

The Ichabods, led by Randall Smith’s 16-points, made a slow climb back. It took 10 minutes for UCM’s lead to dissolve. A Brady Skeens putback dunk brought Washburn within two with 6:24 to play.

Skeens finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Andy Wilson added 10 points.

Smith tied the game at 49 with a drive and layup. Washburn earned their first lead of the night with less than three minutes to play.

Washburn compiled a 20-4 run down the stretch, punctuated by a Wilson 3-pointer to put the Ichabods up 54-51.

Brad Woodson brought UCM within two points by going 1 for 2 at the charity stripe in the final seconds. On the miss, Spencer Reaves and Marquiez Lawrence failed to land the tip-in for the tie.

Reaves led Central Missouri with 18 points. Kyle Wolf, who left the game with an injury in the second half, scored 15 points on 3 of 7 shooting beyond the arc.

Central Missouri (12-7, 6-7 MIAA) hosts Emporia State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2

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Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2

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