HASTINGS, Neb. — Going into the Hastings College C3 Hotel Thanksgiving Classic, it was thought Doane College might be the more beatable basketball team for McPherson College’s Bulldogs.
But after Doane defeated nationally ranked Tabor on Friday, the perception changed.
The Bulldogs could not follow up their rousing Friday victory over Hastings College as they went bone-chilling cold Saturday afternoon in the second half to lose an 90-58 verdict to Doane to finish the weekend trip with a 1-1 record.
The Bulldogs hung tough for a half, down only 45-38. But the second half was frigid for Mac as it could score only 20 points.
“We just didn't have it today," Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber said. "We were a step slow defensively from the start. Doane is an outstanding shooting team. They consistently broke us down and got good shots. We need to forget this one and get ready to return to conference play."
Chris Crook was the only Bulldog in double figures with 18 points. The Bulldogs were just 4 of 23 from beyond the arc after a stretch of games where they had been lighting it up.
Mac is now 6-3 overall and takes a 1-2 KCAC record to North Newton on Thursday to take on Bethel. The Threshers started the year 6-0, but have lost all three conference games.
Hastings defeated Tabor 77-69 as the defending KCAC champion Bluejays left Nebraska without a win.
Mac (58) — Henson 9, Butler 8, Raleigh 6, Gurley 6, Bachura 3, Crook 18, Rowell 4, O’Hara 4.
Doane (90) — Kuhl 19, Stone 16, Tzul 12, Williams 7, Zimmerman 7, Long 11, Akah 8, Nedved 5, Austin 3, Wilson 2.