Demons win at Tipton to snap seven-game losing streak
TIPTON — Washington snapped its seven-game losing streak with a 54-44 non-conference win at Tipton on Saturday.
“We’re really happy to win,” Washington head coach Bryce Smeins said. “There’s not a bad win. You win a basketball game, and you feel a little better about yourself.”
The Demons (2-8) jumped out to a 15-3 lead over the host Tigers (0-9) in the first quarter, and Washington led 31-18 at halftime.
“I thought offensively we did a good job of attacking the basket and getting good looks,” Smeins said.
The Demons committed a season-low seven turnovers, but struggled at the free-throw line, going 18-for-41 from the charity stripe.
“We had plenty of opportunities to score, but we just went stone cold from the free-throw line,” Smeins said. “I thought we out-played them for the whole game, and we had opportunities to blow them out of the building, but we missed 23 free throws.”
Senior Justin Hoffman scored a career-high 19 points to lead Washington, and he also grabbed eight rebounds.
“Justin had a really nice ballgame,” Smeins said.
Senior Kyle Roder added 13 points for the Demons, and junior Alex Coker had six points to go with seven rebounds.
Reserves Trevor Conrad and Scott Pelzer scored 11 and nine points, respectively, to lead the Tigers.
The Demons now have a week off before hosting Iowa City Regina on Saturday.