STERLING — Even though McPherson College’s men lost their eighth straight basketball game on Saturday, 84-75 to Sterling, they never gave up.
The Bulldogs cut heavily into a 22-point deficit in the second half, getting as close as two with 2:22 left.
But Sterling was money at the foul line the rest of the way to win its first KCAC game, while the Bulldogs are now 0-5, 1-9 overall.
The Bulldogs, just as they did on Wednesday, started strong with an 11-3 lead, but they’re not getting a lot of production out of their bench as injuries have sapped the team of its experienced depth. Sterling went on a monster run to race to a 51-32 halftime lead.
Aaron Bachura led Mac with 20 points. A bright spot was the offensive production from Grant Munsen, as he scored 14 points, and Grant Raleigh also scored 14.
Mac again struggled from the field by making just 28 of 74 shots and was just 6 of 22 from 3-point.
The Bulldogs’ lack of size was evident as Sterling big man Kody Crosby, the former Great Bend Panther tallied 30 points to lead the Warriors, who were 23 of 33 from the line while Mac was only 13 of 23.
The Bulldogs head to Friends on Wednesday.
Mac (75) — Bachura 20, Munsen 14, Raleigh 14, Owen 7, Watts 6, Oxford 7, Wolters 6, Parker 1.
Sterling (84) — Crosby 30, Windom-Haynes 10, McMahon 9, Dubbert 6, Ostrosky 3, Ohler 12, Oyatayo 12, Solander 2.
• STERLING WOMEN 80, MAC 72 — We’re not even a third of the way through the KCAC season and Sterling’s Kylah Comley already has KCAC Freshman of the Year wrapped up.
Heck, she might even be Player of the Year.
The Sterling High product continued her amazing first season with 30 points as the Warriors won a battle of teams that were 3-1 in conference play starting the night.
The Bulldogs started strong, up 14-10 after a quarter, but then went into a funk as they were outscored 26-10 in the second quarter.
Back came Mac, though, outscoring the Warriors 27-21 over the next 10 minutes, but could never quite get over hump.
Sonerka White led the Bulldogs with 21 points, while Cami Richardson scored 17 and Brooklyn Coe added 13.
The Bulldogs’ weakness was 3-point shooting as they were just 3 of 16 and also made just 17 of 27 from the line.
The wild-card for Sterling was reserve Alexis Theus, who had 18 points off the bench. Jordin Greer and Jessica Princ added 13 apiece.
The Bulldogs, 3-2 in the KCAC and 7-3 overall, have a tough game on Wednesday at Friends.
Mac (72) — White 21, Richardson 17, Coe 13, Holt 8, Zimmerman 5, Roberts 4, VanDonselaar 2, Racette 2.
Sterling (80) — Comley 30, Greer 13, Princ 13, Harris 2, Sokoloski 1, Theus 18, Stallbaumer 2, Ricke 1.