BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — The late-game magic that McPherson College’s women have displayed at home this year finally carried over to the road on Thursday.
The Bulldogs upset third-place Oklahoma Wesleyan for the second time this year, but this time it came away from the friendly Sport Center confines, 73-71.
The Bulldogs, down seven points in the first half at one stage, battled back to get the game tied by the half at 30-all, then sped away in the third quarter with a 26-15 blitz.
But it wouldn’t be a Mac victory without some late-game nervousness, but the Bulldogs kept their poise by knocking down some clutch free throws.
Mac is now 9-9 in the KCAC and a half-game behind fourth-place Southwestern, which is 9-8. The Bulldogs, 12-16 on the year, own two wins over the Builders this year.
Ashton Bruner just missed yet another double-double with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Bailey Brown had 17 points and eight rebounds. Brooke Racette had the best game of her career with 13 points and nine rebounds and Amanda Allen stepped up with 12 clutch points.
Oklahoma Wesleyan, which took some crazy shots including 10 of 46 from 3-point, is now 10-7 in the KCAC as it hardly has a lock on third place and it has the Bulldogs to thank for that. The Eagles were receiving votes this week in the national poll.
The Bulldogs have Saturday night off and stay on the road Thursday to play Sterling. They may have to go without starting point guard Reagan McClellan, who injured a knee and was carried off the court.
Mac (73) — Bruner 23, Brown 17, Racette 13, Allen 12, S. Smart 3, Battle 2, G. Smart 2, Jefferson 1.
Oklahoma Wesleyan (71) — Morgan 14, Ageson 10, Been 5, Kirby 21, Robinson 13, Dyer 2, Gitau 2, Martin 2, Eberhart 2.
• OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN MEN 107, MAC 81 — The Eagles were desperate for a win to stay in the playoff chase and definitely played with a sense of urgency.
The Eagles are now tied with Bethany for the eighth and final playoff spot as the season is heading toward its final week. They knocked down 16 3-pointers in the game and out-rebounded the Bulldogs by an amazing 61-29.
Mac was never in this game, as it trailed 52-29 at the half. The Bulldogs are now 3-15 in the KCAC and 7-21 overall.
Chris Crook fired in 26 points to lead the Bulldogs, Chris Lowe scored 16 and Dee Roberts 15.
Mac is off Saturday and goes to Sterling on Thursday before wrapping up the season on Saturday hosting Saint Mary.
Mac (81) — Crook 26, Bachura 7, Raleigh 3, Rowell 2, Lowe 16, Roberts 15, O’Hara 5, Henson 4, Wiltfong 3.
Oklahoma Wesleyan (107) — Ross 12, Schuessler 11, Everett 10, Alexander 9, Hamilton 15, Martin 10, Pavic 10, Miller 10, Davis 6, Feickert 6, Edwards 2, Olivarez 2, Walsh 2, Hall 2.