DENVER — McPherson College men’s basketball coach Tim Swartzendruber got his first chance Saturday to see how his team responds after a loss.
Very well, thank you.
The Bulldogs, who had lost a difficult overtime game on Friday to Northern New Mexico after leading by 12 points in the second half, blistered tourney host Johnson and Wales from start to finish for a surprisingly lopsided 87-59 victory to improve to 3-1 on the year.
Mac fired out to a 20-point halftime lead, 48-28, and showed no signs of letting up in the second half as Swartzendruber was able to empty his bench.
Darius Hill again led the way for Mac with 15 points, while D’Andre Henson and T.J. Grant furnished 13 apiece. Twelve of the 13 Bulldogs scored.
The Bulldogs will take this momentum into Wednesday’s intracity showdown against Central Christian College at the Tigers’ Alexander Arena.
Mac (87) — Hill 15, Henson 13, Grant 13, Beeler 5, Crook 9, Jolly 6, Parker 6, Denno 6, Bevan 5, Lakin 3, Bachura 3, Martinez 3.
Johnson and Wales (59) — Kroll 15, Rayburn 14, Jones 8, Bates 5, Sharpley 13, Forysth 2, McNiff 2.
• Johnson and Wales women 59, Mac 54 — The Bulldogs continue to chase that elusive first victory as they fell to 0-4 on the year.
It was the second straight close loss for the Bulldogs, who were deadlocked at 20-all at halftime.
Bailey Brown continued to be Mac’s shining light with 18 points and nine rebounds. Sunny Smart chipped in with 11 points. Freshman Alicia Demerat scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds in her first start.
Turnovers continue to be the issue as Mac threw the ball away 24 times.
The Bulldogs will try to solve their puzzle Wednesday when they go across town to play Central Christian College.
Mac (54) — Brown 18, S. Smart 11, Demerat 7, Atkins 5, Abra 2, Acklin 4, Castaneda 3, Jefferson 2, G. Smart 2.
Johnson and Wales (59) — Ward 15, Weber 11, Courtney 7, Ford 6, Curneen 5, Nelson 5, Trinh 5, Thomas 5.