Bulldog men at home Saturday against Baker

By Steve Sell
December 31, 2015

McPherson College’s men’s basketball team is hoping to carry over its late-December momentum into the new year.

The Bulldogs closed out 2015 with three straight narrow victories to improve to 6-11 on the season as they earlier had endured a 1-10 stretch.

Mac returns to action here Saturday with a non-conference game against Heart of America Conference member Baker University.

Tip time at the Sport Center is 4 p.m. Join 96.7 KBBE-FM for all the action, with Chris Swick on the play-by-play call.

The Wildcats enter the game with a 5-6 record, but have defeated KCAC schools Ottawa and Kansas Wesleyan, both of which have defeated the Bulldogs. 

Baker, like Mac, caught fire at the end of the month, reeling off wins over Evangel, Missouri Valley and Graceland, all by close margins as the three wins were by a combined 10 points.

The Bulldogs’ revival has been keyed by Chris Crook, who was the hero in the final three games with some last-second heroics. He is averaging 17.6 points a game, while Dee Roberts (14.9) and Ramon Martinez (10.8) also average in double figures.

The Bulldogs have played their last eight games without 6-8 starting center Reed Rowell, who was averaging 8.1 points and 9.9 rebounds until injuring his ankle against Ottawa. It is hoped he’ll return to action soon as it was a severe sprain that put him in a boot.

Following Saturday’s game, the Bulldogs are off for a week before returning to KCAC play on Jan. 9 when they host Sterling.