Class 3A Final: Zeller-led Washington Defeats Culver 61-46

Washington (23-4) won its third Indiana Class A championship in four seasons Sunday with a 61-46 victory over Culver in Indianapolis.

Cody Zeller, a 6-foot-11 center who has committed to Indiana, scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. Zeller is the brother of former Notre Dame big man Luke Zeller and current North Carolina center Tyler Zeller, who also led this southwestern Indiana school to state titles in 2005 and 2008.

Culver (19-7) led 18-17 after the first quarter, but Washington went on an 18-6 run in the second quarter to take a 35-24 lead into the half. Culver was never able to cut the lead under nine for the rest of the game.

With Zeller in the lead, Washington dominated Culver inside with a 38-21 rebound margin that led to a plus-15 foul differential. Both teams shot 60 percent from the foul line, but that's where the similarities ended with that statistic. Washington shot 25 free throws while Culver shot just five.

Culver 7-footer Chier Ajou, a New Mexico commit, was held to 10 points and five rebounds before fouling out.

Jermaine Myers led the way for Culver with 17 points, six steals and four assists. Juwan Brescasin added 12 points and five rebounds.

Dylan Ervin scored 18 points and and had six rebounds for Washington, which won its seventh state title in history.

Zeller became the fourth player in Indiana boys basketball history to play on three state championship teams.

Washington won its first state basketball title in 1930.

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