Bulldogs host Friends on Wednesday

By Steve Sell
January 30, 2018

The last two Saturdays, McPherson College’s basketball teams have posted sweeps of Tabor and Sterling.

Now they hope to carry that success over to a Wednesday.

The Bulldog teams are at the Sport Center Wednesday to host the high-powered Friends teams, with the women starting at 6:00 and the men to follow at 8.

The Mac women have defeated second-place Sterling and then-nationally ranked Tabor in their last two home games and are 10-2 at the Sport Center. The Bulldogs are 8-8 in the KCAC and 12-11 overall as they are in eighth place, but two games out of third as it’s tight in the middle of the pack.

With a win, Friends would be all but home free for the KCAC title as it’s 14-2 in conference play, three games up on Sterling. The Falcons are 16-7 overall. Unlike last year when All-American Shann Sellers carried the load, Friends has three players in double figures, led by Makenzie Vining at 15.3.

The Falcons escaped with a 53-52 victory over the Bulldogs in the first meeting.

The Mac men have caught Bethany for 11th place in the standings at 3-13 and are now 6-18 overall as they are 5-5 over their last 10 games.

Friends is in second place in the KCAC at 11-5 (13-10 overall) and defeated the Bulldogs 81-72 in the first meeting. The Falcons are led by All-American candidate Johnny Murdock, the probable KCAC Player of the Year who leads the conference in scoring (29.1) and rebounding (10.7) as he averages a double-double.