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Kentucky Wesleyan survives Washburn

Ichabods fall to Panthers, 72-63, in NCAA Division II men’s basketball championship

March 25, 2001

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— Gino Bartolone scored 12 of his 15 points as Kentucky Wesleyan dominated the first half of a 72-63 victory Saturday over Washburn that gave the Panthers their eighth NCAA Division II basketball championship.

Bartolone made five of eight three-pointers in the game at Cal State Bakersfield. Lorico Duncan and Marshall Sanders added 13 points each, and Duncan had 11 rebounds for the Panthers (31-3).

Washburn's Ryan Murphy attempts a layup during the NCAA Div. II
men's basketball championship. Kentucky Wesleyan toppled the
Ichabods, 72-63, on Saturday in Bakersfield, Calif.

Washburn's Ryan Murphy attempts a layup during the NCAA Div. II men's basketball championship. Kentucky Wesleyan toppled the Ichabods, 72-63, on Saturday in Bakersfield, Calif.

Randolph Williams had 19 points for Washburn of Kansas, which trailed 48-32 at halftime.

The Ichabods (29-5) regrouped in the second half, scoring the first seven points and closing the gap to three with 4:44 remaining. But Washburn didn't score again until Melvin Ware made a three-pointer in the final seconds.

"One of the last things I said to the kids coming out of the locker room before the game is that we want to be the aggressor, not be passive, let's attack, and I thought that's what we did in the first half," said Kentucky Wesleyan coach Ray Harper.

Washburn committed six fouls in the final minute in a desperate attempt to regain possession but succeeded only in allowing the Panthers to add six points on eight free throw tries.

It was the fourth consecutive season of 30 victories or more for Kentucky Wesleyan, and third straight year in the Div. II final game. The Panthers won in 1998-99, and lost a year ago to Metro of Denver.

"They've been here before, they did a very good job in the first half," Washburn Coach Bob Chapman said of the winners. "Then our guys came back like we knew they would. We had two or three shots there to tie it, that didn't go."

Sanders and Duncan were named to the all-tournament team, along with Ewan Auguste and Ryan Murphy of Washburn, and Sylvere Bryan Jr. of Tampa, which lost to the eventual champion by a single point in overtime in the semifinals Thursday. Auguste had 14 points and Murphy 10 rebounds in the championship game.

Kentucky Wesleyan 72,

Washburn 63

WASHBURN (29-5)

Williams 8-17 2-4 19, Carter 3-13 1-6 7, Auguste 5-15 4-4 14, Ross 0-0 0-0 0, Kruger 3-5 0-0 7, Tomlins 1-3 0-0 3, Tinsley 0-1 0-0 0, Douglas 0-0 0-0 0, Hundley 0-0 0-0 0, Walker 0-1 0-0 0, Miller 1-9 0-0 3, Ware 1-1 0-0 3, Murphy 3-11 1-2 7. Totals 25-76 8-16 63.

KENTUCKY WESLEYAN (31-3)

Thomas 2-3 1-3 5, Sanders 3-9 7-8 13, Perry 1-4 4-4 6, Landry 4-8 0-1 8, Duncan 4-13 4-6 13, Bartolone 5-10 0-0 15, Turley 0-0 0-0 0, West 0-0 0-2 0, Key 1-4 3-4 5, Logsdon 0-0 0-0 0, Evans 3-7 1-2 7, Portener 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-57 20-30 72.

HalftimeKentucky Wesleyan 48-32. 3-Point goalsWashburn 6-23 (Ware 1-1, Kruger 1-2, Tomlins 1-3, Williams 1-4, Miller 1-4, Carter 1-6, Tinsley 0-1, Walker 0-1, Murphy 0-1), Kentucky Wesleyan 6-18 (Bartolone 5-8, Duncan 1-5, Perry 0-1, Landry 0-2, Evans 0-2). Fouled outWilliams, Auguste. ReboundsWashburn 47 (Murphy 10), Kentucky Wesleyan 46 (Duncan 11). AssistsWashburn 12 (Williams, Ross 3), Kentucky Wesleyan 13 (Perry, Duncan 4). Total foulsWashburn 23, Kentucky Wesleyan 15. A3,025.

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