Neither McPherson College basketball team wound up having anything to play for here Saturday but pride, as both teams wrapped up their campaigns.
And while neither won in games with Southwestern at the Sport Center, the Bulldogs teams played hard to the end.
The Mac women, who were a game out of the playoffs starting the day, learned ahead of time that no matter how they did they were going to miss out as Southwestern had the advantage on the tiebreaker.
Still, the Bulldogs led much of the game before Southwestern scored 6 of the game’s final 10 points for a 54-50 victory after they had been tied at 46-all.
The Bulldogs scored only 4 points in the final 8 minutes of the defensive minded-contest.
“I thought we played extremely well on defense, especially when you hold anyone to 54 points,” said Mac coach Gordon Reimer, whose team closed ninth in the KCAC with an 8-14 record, losing six of its final seven. “If we could have made a few shots we could have easily won that game.”
Mac was 13-17 overall.
It was “Senior-less Day” for the Bulldogs as while it was the final home game, Mac did not have a senior on its team, which makes next year much more hopeful.
Brooklyn Coe scored 17 for Mac and Cami Richardson added 13 as she completed one of the best freshman years in the KCAC.
For the men, it was another night spent at Heartbreak Hotel as a pair of free throws by Cameron Hunt with 8 seconds left gave the Moundbuilders a 70-69 victory. Mac had a chance for the winner, but Grant Raleigh’s shot was off.
Mac finished in a tie for 10th with Bethel in the KCAC at 6-16 and was 12-18 overall.
Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber was proud of his three seniors, as DeAndre Henson scored 14, Reed Rowell added 10 and Ryan O’Hara tallied 6. Rowell and O’Hara had 8 and 6 rebounds, respectively.
Hunt, who had only 3 points at the half, scored 16 in a row at one stretch in the second half of the super-tight game that saw the lead change hands 18 times. He finished with 22, along with 11 rebounds from his guard spot.
Aaron Bachura, who emerged as one of the top offensive players in the KCAC the second half of the season, scored 18 points to lead Mac.
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Mac women (50) — Coe 17, Richardson 13, Holt 6, Battle 4, Zimmerman 1, Van Donselaar 5, Racette 2, Kuhn 2.
Southwestern (54) — Miller 20, Parker 11, Laskey 6, Henderson 3, Taylor 6, Rogers 8.
Mac men (69) — O’Hara 6, Rowell 10, Henson 14, Bachura 18, Raleigh 6, Ellison 3, Gurley 9, Butler 3.
Southwestern (70) — Wallace 12, Smith 3, Fisher 6, Horsch 10, Hunt 22, Hodge 4, Howard 4, Hunter 9.