SALINA — McPherson College’s Samson Shivers always seems to save his best for Kansas Wesleyan.
In his final career appearance against the Coyotes Thursday night, Shivers fired one last salvo at his favorite team by making three 3-pointers in overtime and scored 26 points in all as the Bulldogs escaped with a 102-95 victory.
Mac clinched a KCAC playoff berth with the win as it’s now 6-9 in the conference and 13-14 overall.
Shivers made 8 of 12 3-pointers in the wild offensive contest that found Mac with a 41-40 halftime lead and it was 80-all at the end of regulation, as Erik DeRoo’s last-second chance to win it for the Bulldogs fell short.
"I was really pleased with our grit in overtime," McPherson coach Tim Swartzendruber said. "We had our chances in regulation, but couldn't finish but we kept our heads and showed a lot of heart. I'm really proud of the team."
MC’s D’onte Woods had the best game of his four-year career as he came off the bench to score 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Devirous Johnson just missed his usual double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds. DeRoo and T.J. Grant added 11 points apiece.
Brock Borovetz and Michael Johnson led KW with 19 points apiece.
Mac is home Saturday to take on Ottawa.
Mac (102) — Shivers 26, D. Johnson 14, Grant 11, Berry 5, B. Johnson 5, Woods 18, DeRoo 11, Lakin 6, Bevan 4, Henson 2.
KW (95) — Borovetz 19, M. Johnson 19, Brinker 17, Hidalgo 12, Lunz 11, Owen 8, D. Johnson 5, Long 2, Boehler 2.
• KANSAS WESLEYAN WOMEN 57, MAC 36 — Kansas Wesleyan made life difficult for former Coyote coach Gordon Reimer, who is in his first year at Mac.
Mac was held to just 11 of 36 from the field and turned it over a staggering 25 times. The Bulldogs fell to 4-11 in the KCAC and 8-19 overall, as they are now 1-13 since Christmas.
Aubrey Barton scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Bulldogs, while Callie Atkins had a nice game off the bench with 13 points.
Katie Pfeifer’s 15 points led KW as she made five 3-pointers, while Christian Cassity (14) and Vanessa Kresin (12) also hit for double figures.
Mac hosts Ottawa Saturday night.
Mac (36) — Barton 14, Brown 3, Engelbert 3, Jefferson 1, Atkins 13, Smart 2.
KW (57) — Cassity 14, Kresin 12, LeShore 4, Smith 4, Pfeifer 15, Steinle 3, Bergstrom 2, Jeffrey 2, Stover 1.