STERLING — The Sterling College Warriors can thank Eddie Adesodun for keeping them in a first-place tie in the KCAC.
On a night when his teammates couldn’t throw it in the ocean, Adesodun went off for 34 points to single-handedly lead the Warriors to a 71-58 victory Saturday night over the McPherson College Bulldogs, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Sterling and Bethany are tied for first in the KCAC at 10-2, while Friends dropped out of the logjam after losing 73-71 to Saint Mary.
Adesodun made 11 of 21 floor shots — 7 of 13 from 3-point — and was 5 of 6 from the foul line. The other Warriors made just 12 of 44, 3 of 21 from 3-point. It was as close as a one-man gang as you can get.
Sterling led 42-33 at the half and the Bulldogs’ offense slumbered. They were just 18 of 53 from the floor and 19 of 29 at the line.
Sterling also manhandled the Bulldogs in the paint, grabbing 44 rebounds to just 29 for Mac.
Brian Johnson did have a big game for the Bulldogs with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Samson Shivers added 11 points and Devirous Johnson tallied 10, while just missing a double-double with nine rebounds.
Buhler product Brandon Givens was the only other Warrior in double figures with 11 points, as he came off the bench to provide a spark.
The Bulldogs fell to 5-7 in the KCAC with three weeks left to play and they are back to .500 overall at 12-12. It doesn’t get any easier, as they travel Thursday to Friends, then are back home Saturday to take on Tabor.
Mac (58) — B. Johnson 19, Shivers 11, D. Johnson 10, Powers 6, Grant 6, Lakin 3, Bevan 2, Berry 1.
Sterling (71) — Adesodun 34, Swank 8, Alexander 7, Dower 3, Thompson 2, Givens 11, Oyatayo 2, Smith 2, Starks 2.
• STERLING WOMEN 70, MAC 63 — The Bulldogs were right there with the Warriors at the half, down just 28-27, but Sterling shot it well in the second half to avenge an earlier loss.
Mac actually led by as many as eight points in the first half, but the close was a harbinger of things to come as Sterling finished strong. It took the Lady Warriors only five minutes in the second half to push the lead to 10, which proved to be too much for Mac to overcome.
Chandler Short came off the bench to lead Mac with 19 points, including 3 of 5 from 3-point, while the other Bulldogs were 0 of 11 from beyond the arc. Beloit High grads Cami Engelbert and Bailey Brown added 12 points apiece. Mac sizzled at the line, 24 of 29, but made just 18 of 45 from the field.
Hailey Davis, who has been on a tear, scored 23 for Sterling and Little River product Kristin Waters came off the bench to supply 12.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 4-8 in the KCAC and 8-16 overall. They have a tough week coming up, playing Thursday at Friends, then hosting Tabor on Saturday. Those two teams are tied for second in the KCAC at 9-3.
Mac (63) — Brown 12, Engelbert 12, Barton 8, Jefferson 8, Gillespie 2, Short 19, Atkins 2.
Sterling (70) — Davis 23, Lucas 8, Strobel 7, Dauer 6, Faul 3, Waters 12, Branch 7, Santos 3, Brickell 1.