BELLEVUE, Neb. — McPherson College’s Bulldogs showed their coach that they have something deep inside on Saturday.
After a painful, lackluster 108-75 loss to York College on Friday and playing a College of the Ozarks team that has been a perennial national contender, the soul-searching Bulldogs took the Bobcats down to the buzzer before losing 76-73, with a last-second 3-pointer missing that would have tied the game.
“I am very proud of this team," Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber said. "We took a nationally ranked team to the wire. Certainly we are disappointed to lose, but feel we took a step in the right direction."
The Bulldogs, playing without injured standout Reed Rowell, were down 42-33 at halftime. After trailing by double digits early in the second half, but the Bulldogs roared back and eventually tied the game at 63-all. But the Bobcats reassumed the lead and held off every Mac attempt to go ahead.
Chris Crook led Mac with 18 points, while Dee Roberts added 16. Ryan O’Hara and Ramon Martinez chipped in with 11 apiece.
Cold shooting, though, continues to grip the team. The Bulldogs were just 29 of 73 from the floor and a wretched 6 of 27 from 3-point.
Mac, now 3-7 overall, returns to KCAC play on Thursday with a road game against Kansas Wesleyan in Salina.
Mac (73) — Crook 18, Roberts 16, O’Hara 11, Martinez 11, Lakin 4, Haury 9, Lowe 4.
Ozarks (76) — Paschke 25, Starbird 14, Murray 13, Young 11, Carmichael 5, Davidson 4, Hall 4.