Southwestern cagers sweep Bulldogs

By Steve Sell
January 13, 2017
McPherson College Sports Information-file

WINFIELD — Once again it was a bad stretch that did in McPherson College’s men’s basketball team.

Southwestern ended the first half on a 10-2 run after the teams had been tied, then ripped off a 17-3 stretch early in the second half before finishing with a 93-78 victory on Thursday.

Mac finished the first half of KCAC play at 1-10 and is 7-12 overall with 10 losses in the last 11 games, nearly all of them where they’ve had one really bad stretch.

“We had great effort tonight," Mac head coach Tim Swartzendruber said. "Unfortunately, we had that bad stretch at the start of the second half and we never recovered. Southwestern was a tough matchup with their quickness. They shoot the ball extremely well."

The Bulldogs lost despite having a whopping six players in double figures — Aaron Bachura (14), Reed Rowell (13), DeAndre Henson (12), Grant Raleigh (12), Chris Crook (12) and Ryan O’Hara (11).

Cameron Hunt led Southwestern with 24.

Mac goes to Bethany on Saturday to begin the second round of conference play.

Mac (78) — Bachura 14, Rowell 13, Henson 12, Raleigh 12, Crook 12, O’Hara 11, Butler 4.

Southwestern (93) — Hunt 24, Hodge 16, Wallace 12, Smith 7, Fisher 6, Hunter 14, Hamm 7, McCoy 4, Horsch 3.

SOUTHWESTERN WOMEN 73, MAC 63 — Southwestern used a 23-16 final-quarter advantage to pull away from the Bulldogs in what was a highly competitive contest.

Southwestern led just 50-47 going into the fourth quarter and Mac could never quite get over the hump.

Both teams are now 5-6 in the KCAC and Mac is 10-8 overall heading into Saturday’s game at Bethany.

Brooklyn Coe scored 18 points to lead Mac and Kristina Battle added 13. The Bulldogs shot just 33 percent from the floor, but did make 20 of 28 foul shots.

Southwestern star Jordyn Miller was as good as advertised with 25 points and 13 rebounds. The Builders feasted at the foul line with 23 free throws.

Mac (63) — Coe 18, Battle 13, Holt 9, Richardson 7, Zimmerman 3, Gonzalez 9, Racette 4.

Southwestern (73) — Miller 25, Rogers 15, Taylor 13, Laskey 7, Henderson 3, Demel 6, Parker 2, Myers 2.