Henson's 18 off the bench sparks Mac to victory

By Steve Sell
January 04, 2015

BALDWIN CITY — Finally, McPherson College’s men were able to exhale.

The Bulldogs went on the road Saturday afternoon and secured a much-needed victory with a 75-64 surprise of Baker University, which had knocked off Mac earlier this season at the Sport Center.

The Bulldogs had started the season 3-1, but were in the midst of a horrible 1-10 stretch, the only win coming against KCAC quad-leader Bethany.

“Certainly I'm happy for our players,” Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber said. "Going through a losing streak is tough. But this group has continued to work hard. They have positive attitudes and believe they can be a good team."

The Bulldogs turned things around with a huge second half that was spurred by a 5-of-7 effort from 3-point as well as 16 of 20 free throws made. Mac scored 45 second-half points after being up 30-23 at the half.

DeAndre Henson returned to action by leading Mac with 18 points off the bench. TJ Grant scored 15 and dished off for seven assists, while Darius Hill scored 15 and yanked down seven rebounds. Chris Crook gave Mac four players in doubles with 12 points.

Javeion Gray led Baker with 24.

The 5-11 Bulldogs return to KCAC play on Thursday at Sterling.

Mac (75) — Grant 15, Hill 15, Crook 12, Beeler 5, Lakin 3, Henson 18, Jolly 4, Bachura 3.

Baker (64) — Gray 24, Carter 10, Fulks 7, Wilson 6, Parker 4, Easter 8, Barnes 3, Young 2.