Bulldog men put up good fight for a half

By Steve Sell
December 30, 2014

SIOIUX CITY, Iowa — McPherson College’s men hung tough with No. 14 Morningside College early into the second half before the Mustangs flexed their muscles over the final 15 minutes for an 85-53 victory Monday in the Morningside Holiday Classic.

Mac was down only 38-31 at the half, but it all went south after that.

“For around 25 minutes we competed with one of the top teams in the country," Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber said. "Unfortunately when they got rolling we couldn't stop them. They are the best team we have played this season. We need to regroup and be ready for a Briar Cliff team that is very similar to Morningside."

The Bulldogs were down by just six points early in the second half when the Mustangs took off on a 15-0 run.

Darius Hill led Mac with 19 points and nine rebounds. T.J. Grant and Chris Crook added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Sharpshooting guard Steve O’Neill hit his average for the winners with 20 points.

Mac, now 4-10, plays Briar Cliff at 3 p.m. today. The Chargers are ranked No. 24 in the country.

Mac (53) — Hill 19, Grant 11, Crook 10, Beeler 4, Lakin 1, Parker 5, Denno 3.

Morningside (85) — O’Neill 20, Christen 16, Nikkel 4, Miller 3, Tegtmeier 2, Throne 8, Br. Van Ginkel 8, Bl. Van Ginkel 5, Koch 5, Kolbach 4, Wright 4, Burns 3, Hennen 3.