LAWRENCE — McPherson College’s men’s basketball season is off and running on a successful note.
The Bulldogs broke away from Haskell in the second half for an 81-73 victory on Saturday as four players hit for double figures and they played an efficient floor game with only 13 turnovers.
“We had a really good stretch for 10 minutes of the second half," Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber said. "Overall it was good to get a win with so many new faces."
Mac led 37-34 at the half, but then took control of the game by scoring 18 of the first 22 points of the second half to push the lead to 17.
Chris Crook tossed in 19 points to lead the Bulldogs, while newcomer Ryan O’Hara showed he’ll be a major contributor with 15 points and six rebounds. Another newcomer, explosive guard Dee Roberts, came off the bench for 11 points and Ramon Martinez added 10.
New 6-8 big man Reed Rowell showed to be a force with 11 rebounds. Point guard Kyle Lakin added five assists and Aaron Bachura came off the bench for a trio of 3-balls and nine points.
Deuell Gore led the Indians with 20 points and big 6-10 Tsaldi Sequoyah added 14. Haskell was a good test since it was loaded with experienced players.
Mac will make its home debut at 7 p.m. Monday against Manhattan Christian, which always is highly competitive.
Mac (81) — Crook 19, O’Hara 15, Martinez 10, Rowell 8, Lakin 5, Roberts 11, Bachura 9, Lowe 2, Haury 2.
Haskell (73) — Gore 20, Sequoyah 14, Rudd 10, Everett 7, Moudy 7, Middleton 7, R. Moore 6, K. Moore 3.
• Haskell women 81, Mac 59 — The Bulldogs couldn’t get anything going in the first half, but did play highly regarded Haskell almost on even terms in the second half.
Mac trailed 44-23 at the break. Haskell had nearly every top player back from last year’s successful team.
Mac’s Ashton Bruner made it two double-doubles in two games by scoring 14 points and hauling down 11 rebounds. Bailey Brown added 11 points. Turnovers were a problem as Mac threw the ball away 23 times.
The 0-2 Bulldogs are off until Friday. They’ll be heading to Columbia, Mo. for a pair of weekend tournament games.
Mac (59) — Bruner 14, Brown 11, S. Smart 9, Acklin 9, Battle 6, Allen 4, Racette 2, McClellan 2, James 1, Jefferson 1.
Haskell (81) — Sumpter 21, Meat 15, Begay 12, Warrior 12, Reyes 9, Livingston 4, Buffalo 4, Sloan 4.