NORTH NEWTON — Scoring just 45 points is normally a sure-fire recipe for defeat in college basketball.
And that’s with playing 5 extra minutes.
But McPherson College’s women escaped Thresher Gym with a 45-43 overtime victory over Bethel on Thursday that while looking ugly on the scoreboard was a thing of beauty for the Bulldogs, who are now tied for second place in the KCAC at 3-1 and are 7-2 overall.
Brooklyn Coe scored the first 4 points of overtime for Mac and finished with a team-high 14.
Neither team could unlock their offenses, as Mac led just 18-14 at halftime and the pace never picked up in the second half.
Bethel wound up having a chance at the end to win it, but missed on a 3-pointer.
Brooke Racette added 8 points and 7 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
Mac is home on Saturday to take on Sterling, with game time set for 5 p.m. at the Sport Center.
Mac (45) — Coe 14, Racette 8, Holt 6, Zimmerman 4, Richardson 3, Battle 4, Bacon 2, Allen 2, Milum 2.
Bethel (43) — Johnson 8, Gerlach 7, McKinney 3, Schunn 3, Sumpter 2, Schroeder 13, Schmiedler 3, Smith 2, Carter 2.
• BETHEL MEN 84, MAC 64 — The Bulldogs’ defense collapsed in the second half as the Threshers broke open a close game in the final 10 minutes.
It was looking like another close game for the Bulldogs as they were down only 31-28 at the half and it was still close midway through the second half. But Bethel pounded the boards and used its aggressiveness to pull away.
Chris Crook scored 25 points to lead the Bulldogs and Aaron Bachura added 15. But Mac was just 21 of 56 from the field and didn’t get much production inside.
All five Bethel starters scored in double figures, led by Deven Goodwin with 20. In fact, 76 of the Threshers’ points came from their starters.
The loss dropped Mac to 1-3 in the KCAC and 6-4 overall. The Bulldogs host Sterling on Saturday. Tip time is 7 p.m.
Mac (64) — Bachura 15, Henson 9, Butler 8, Gurley 1, Crook 25, Munsen 4, Rowell 2.
Bethel (84) — Goodwin 20, Mitchell 15, Robinson 14, Miller 14, Banister 13, Jordan 4, Bryant 2, Marshall 2.