COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Air Force Academy, an NCAA Division I school, probably wondered what in the heck was going on.
McPherson College, a small NAIA school from Kansas, put up a great effort against the Falcons in an exhibition basketball game on Friday before pulling away for an 88-71 victory.
Since the Falcons are an NCAA D-I school, the loss doesn’t count on Mac’s record as it will take a 4-0 mark into the KCAC opener on Thursday against Bethany College at the Sport Center.
“I am very proud of our team," Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber said. "We competed against an NCAA Division I school to the end. With about 4 minutes remaining, we were down 12 and had two possessions where we could have gotten closer. We battled the entire game. A big thank you goes out to Air Force for allowing us this opportunity."
Mac trailed 45-31 at the half, but was outscored only 43-40 after the break. The Falcons needed a 56-percent shooting night to fend off the pesky ‘Dogs.
Chris Crook came off the bench to lead Mac with 18 points and Grant Raleigh had 12, along with 4 assists. Hayden Graham led the Falcons with 16.
Mac battled on the boards as both teams had 33 rebounds. The Bulldogs also had only 10 turnovers.
Mac (71) — Butler 2, Rowell 4, Henson 6, Bachura 9, Raleigh 12, Crook 18, Owen 3, Windholz 6, O’Hara 2, Carter 4, Gurley 5.
Air Force (88) — Graham 16, Toohey 14, Kocur 14, Van 8, Lyons 7, Morris 7, Siples 4, Tomes 3, Scottie 2, Brown 3, Broekhuis 2, Manning 5, Louder 3.