LEAVENWORTH — McPherson College’s basketball teams were hoping to close out the first go-around of KCAC play with a pair of wins on Thursday to build up some momentum to take into the second half.
But Saint Mary had other ideas by sweeping the twinbill.
The Spires won the men’s game 85-74 as they finished the first half 4-6 in conference play, far below what was expected. However, they have lost several close games and could be a team to watch during the second half.
The Bulldogs dropped to 2-8 in the KCAC and 6-14 overall. They were outstanding from 3-point by making 11 of 24, but were just 26 of 60 overall.
Ramon Martinez had his best game of the year with 21 points to lead the Bulldogs. Chris Crook scored 12 points and Kyle Lakin excelled at both ends, including 11 points. He did a good job on Saint Mary’s Grant Greenberg, whose 20 points were seven under his season average.
It was anybody’s game at the half as the Spires led only 37-36, but they gradually pulled away in the second half. The difference in the game was rebounding, where the Spires plucked 47 to just 29 for Mac.
Mac is back home on Saturday to kick off the second half of KCAC play against Southwestern. Game tine is 5 p.m.
Mac (74) — Martinez 21, Crook 12, Lakin 11, Bachura 8, O’Hara 4, Raleigh 8, Ellison 6, Rowell 2, Parker 2.
Saint Mary (85) — Greenberg 20, Mondaine 11, Plein 9, Young 8, Hicks 4, Clark 15, Sauer 14, Meek 4.
• SAINT MARY WOMEN 65, MAC 56 — The Bulldogs missed out on a golden opportunity to get back to the .500 mark in the KCAC.
With the loss, the Bulldogs take a 4-6 conference record into the second half of the season. They are 7-13 overall.
The Bulldogs were down as many as 14 in the first half before a huge charge pulled them within 29-28 at the break. It was still a one-point game going into the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs again went cold, as a 9-0 Spire run broke it open.
Georgia Smart came off the bench to lead Mac with 15 points, while Bailey Brown and Ashton Bruner tallied 11 apiece.
Mac is home on Saturday to take on Southwestern. When the teams met in Winfield, Bruner’s last-second basket gave the Bulldogs a one-point victory.
Mac (56) — Brown 11, Bruner 11, Allen 9, S. Smart 6, G. Smart 15, Battle 4.
Saint Mary (65) — McClary 13, Dixon 9, Hinkle 8, White 6, Holt 6, Switzer 13, Hacker 5, Roberts 4, Frantz 1.