McPherson College’s men will try to make a quick recovery from a severe emotional kick to the stomach Saturday night when they host KCAC co-leader Friends on Community Appreciation Night at the Sport Center.
Both games — the women at 5 p.m. and the men at 7 — are admission-free as the college wants to give back to the city for its continued support.
Even though it’s just the second week of conference play, the Mac men are practically in a must-win situation. They are 1-2 in the KCAC, two games back of co-leaders Friends and Bethany. The Swedes will be favored to win their game Saturday as they host Southwestern at Hahn Gym, where they have rung up an average of 100 points over the last two games.
Mac, 7-6 overall, has to put the disappointment of Thursday’s 81-77 overtime loss to Sterling behind it. It basically had the game won, up five points with less than 15 seconds to play, only to see the Warriors pull off a miracle finish to force overtime, where it dominated the extra five minutes.
Friends is 3-0 in the conference and has a KCAC Player of the Year candidate in Joe Mitchell, a one-time Wichita State Shocker who averages better than 25 points a game. The Falcons were the preseason pick to win the KCAC.
The women’s game is equally high-profile, as the unheralded Bulldogs will attempt to finish the December portion of the KCAC schedule a perfect 4-0. Mac, 7-6 overall, knocked off Sterling 76-63 on Thursday to run its conference record to 3-0, all of the wins being by double digits.
Friends is 2-1 in the KCAC and regarded by many as being perhaps the most athletic team in the conference. The Falcons won the KCAC title last year and were hit hard by graduation, only to fill the holes in a hurry.
• KCAC STANDINGS •
• Men •
Saint Mary, 2-1
McPherson College, 1-2
Kansas Wesleyan, 0-3
• Women •
McPherson College, 3-0
Kansas Wesleyan, 1-2
Saint Mary, 0-3