OTTAWA — McPherson College’s men couldn’t carry over their home basketball success to the road on Saturday.
Mac, 3-0 in its last three home games, lost 93-83 Saturday to Ottawa even though it held a slim 39-36 halftime lead and also was up as many as 7 in the second half.
“For 30 minutes we were really good," said Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber, whose team was eliminated from postseason play as it’s now 4-14 in the KCAC and 7-19 overall.. "But foul problems and our inability to hit shots against their zone defense ultimately cost us. Give Ottawa credit. They shot great in the second half and made plays down the stretch. We need to bounce back Wednesday at York."
Mac has its usual nice balance as Aaron Bachura headed four players in double figures with 17 points. Jeffrey Oxford and Grant Munsen tallied 14, and Garrett Owen chipped in with 12. Owen and Oxford both had 5 assists.
Isaiah Palmer poured in 27 for the Braves and also yanked down 10 rebounds.
Mac (83) — Bachura 17, Oxford 14, Munsen 14, Owen 12, Watts 8, Parker III 6, Wiltfong 2, Magot 7, Ellison 3.
Ottawa (93) — Palmer 27, Mitchell 14, Jones 12, Rice 11, Perez 2, Greisen 10, McDow 9, Hansen 6, Neidig 2.
• OTTAWA WOMEN 69, MAC 67 — The Braves avenged an earlier loss to the Bulldogs and sent Mac to 12-13 overall and 8-10 in the KCAC as it is trying to hold on to the eighth and final spot in the KCAC playoff race.
Mac is two games up with four games to go over Southwestern and Ottawa, but among its final four games, two are against the bottom two teams.
The Bulldogs didn’t hit the clock alarm as they were down 25-9 before staging a fierce rally.
Mac actually took a 4-point lead late in the game, but Ottawa had the final say. The Bulldogs outscored the Braves 44-33 in the second half, but the 36-23 halftime lead was too much to overcome.
Sonerka White continued her recent hot stretch with 20 points to lead Mac. Brittany Roberts scored 12, Cami Richardson 11 and Brooke Racette 10.
Jessica King scored 19 to lead Ottawa.
Mac plays at last-place York on Thursday.
Mac (67) — White 20, Roberts 12, Richardson 11, Racette 10, Holt 9, Battle 3, Olvera 2.
Ottawa (69) — King 19, Kramer 18, Hughes 9, Speer 8, Rose 3, Offutt 7, Anthony 2, McAvoy 2, Riffle 1.