Mac men lose another close one

By Steve Sell
January 17, 2014

OTTAWA — Ottawa University’s Julian Rose scored the final four points of the game from the free line Thursday, as the Braves broke a 61-all tie to defeat the McPherson College Bulldogs, 65-61.

The game was tied at 61-all late when Rose was fouled and he made two free throws. After the Bulldogs didn’t score, Rose was fouled again and made 1 of 2.

With 8 seconds left, Mac’s Erik DeRoo had a really good look at a 3-pointer that would have tied it, but it wouldn’t go. Rose then made 1 of 2 again for the final margin.

That capped a 25-point night for Rose, who made 12 of 14 free throws in the game. Kameron Lindsay was the only other Brave in double figures with 18.

The Bulldogs struggled mightily early, but got the game within 28-24 at the break. OU again opened up some breathing room, but the never-say-die Bulldogs again melted away the lead.

Cold shooting plagued the Bulldogs, who were just 22 of 58 from the field and even worse at the foul line, 15 of 28, which is where they really lost the game. They had only seven turnovers and forced 15.

Devirous Johnson and Samson Shivers scored 15 apiece for the Bulldogs, who fell to 2-5 in the KCAC and 9-10 overall. They play Saturday at second-place Bethany, which is having its best season in quite some time.

Mac (61) — Shivers 15, D. Johnson 15, Powers 2, Lakin 2, Berry 6, Grant 6, Woods 7, B. Johnson 8.

OU (65) — Nichols 2, Lundry 9, Lindsay 18, Hasty 2, Newton 2, Haase 2, Hatchett 1, Regier 4, Rose 25.

• OTTAWA WOMEN 62, MAC 44 — 2014 isn’t proving to be kind to the McPherson College women.

After entering the month 7-6 overall and 3-1 in the KCAC, the Bulldogs are now 7-12 and 3-4 after scoring just 12 first-half points to fall behind by 15.

Both teams heated up in the second half, but the damage was done.

Sunny Smart scored 11 points for Mac, which finished the game 12 of 61 from the field, but did hit 17 of 21 from the line.

KCAC Player of the Year candidate Amber Ramsey led OU with 14 points. The Bulldogs actually played good defense, but it couldn’t make up for their lack of offense. Mac had 20 offensive rebounds, which led to 16 more field goal attempts.

Mac hopes to end its six-game losing streak Saturday at Bethany, which has lost its last 16 games and is 2-17 overall.

Mac (44) — Barton 8, Brown 8, Jefferson 4, Gillespie 5, Short 3, White 3, Smart 11, Wilburn 2.

OU (62) — Ramsey 14, Romig 9, Grammar 3, Skidmore 5, Frazier 4, Boden 7, Thomas 4, Christman 4, Boore 3, Stewart 9.