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Grinnell blows out Washington

Feb 18, 2013

GRINNELL — Grinnell bolted out to a 16-point lead over visiting Washington after one quarter of play on Friday night, and the Tigers rolled to a 75-45 victory.

“They shot it really well,” Washington head coach Bryce Smeins said. “We turned it over a few times in the first quarter, and they turned those turnovers into transition buckets. They got off to a great start shooting, and that was kind of the ballgame right there.”

The Tigers (17-4) shot 60 percent (34-for-57) from the field in the contest. Senior Joe Nowasell scored a game-high 21 points to lead Grinnell, which had four players score in double figures. Sophomore Nate Vosberg added 13 points, and junior Eli Dunne had 12. Junior Joe Schmidt chipped in 11 points.

“They were ranked No. 1 in the state for a while for a reason,” Smeins said. “They’re a pretty good team.”

Sophomore Thomas Bump matched his career high with 13 points, and senior Kyle Roder also scored 13 points for the Demons. Junior Noah Lebsack added a career-high 10 points and six rebounds.

Washington, which finished the regular season with a record of 5-16, travels to No. 10 Solon (17-4) tonight for a Class 3A District 10 semifinal.

“They’ll play a 1-3-1 zone tonight, and they have a 6-7 kid in the middle and a couple of 6-3 kids,” Smeins said. “They’re athletic and run the floor. We want to slow it down and keep it low scoring. We’ll need to play our best game to win.”

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