Halfcourt shot at buzzer sinks Mac men

By Steve Sell
December 15, 2017

LAWRENCE — Of all the basketball losses during the now-12-game losing streak for McPherson College’s men, this one hurt the most.

The Bulldogs were matched with Haskell on Thursday, a team they defeated 104-69 in the second game of the season. Since then, they have not won.

Just when it appeared the Bulldogs were going to end the drought as Garrett Owen made a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left for a 75-74 lead, Haskell’s Tristan Keah-Tigh drained a 3-point halfcourt heave at the buzzer for the improbable 77-75 victory.

Mac had overcome a 14-point halftime deficit as Haskell scored the game’s first 13 points.

“It's really hard to know what to say," Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber said. "We made a great comeback in the second half to put ourselves in a position to win. Garrett Owen hit a clutch shot there at the end, but Haskell was able to come up with the shot at the buzzer. Those are tough to lose."

Aaron Bachura led Mac with 21 points, while Owen had 17 and Grant Raleigh chipped in with 10. 

The 1-13 Bulldogs now head to Puerto Rico as they will spend five days there, playing games on Sunday and Monday.

Mac (75) — Bachura 21, Owen 17, Raleigh 10, Munsen 8, Watts 3, Parker III 8, Oxford 4, Krsmanovic 4.

Haskell (77) — Moore 15, Elledge 8, Tate 8, Brown 6, Keah-Tigh 18, Hendricks 11, Johnson 9, Winn 2.