Mac returns to KCAC action Thursday at Sterling

By Steve Sell
January 07, 2015

It’s a surprise that McPherson College’s men’s basketball team is off to a 1-3 start in the KCAC, but it’s even more surprising that Sterling College has started 0-4.

Both teams were expected to finish in the upper half of the KCAC standings this season, but have gotten off to troubling starts.

The two teams will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday in Sterling, with a women’s game starting the action at 6 p.m. Join Nick Gosnell on the call at 5:45 p.m. on 96.7 KBBE-FM.

The Bulldogs’ only KCAC win was a 104-101 thriller over KCAC quad-leader Bethany, but they also have losses to expected basement dwellers Bethel and Kansas Wesleyan.

Mac is hoping that it may have turned the corner in its last outing, a 75-64 victory at Baker. Before then, the Bulldogs had lost 10 of their last 11 and are 5-11 overall.

Sterling’s 0-4 start is even more baffling, though two of the losses came in overtime to Southwestern and Saint Mary, while the other losses were to Friends and Ottawa and were close as well. Sterling was 2-9 overall at one point, but has won three of its last four.

In the women’s game, the Bulldogs are 1-3 in the KCAC and 2-14 overall, while the Warriors are 2-2 in the KCAC and 5-10 overall — but 4-0 at the friendly confines of the Gleason Center. This is the first time in more than 30 years the Bulldogs have faced a team not coached by Lonnie Kruse, as KC Bassett — one of his former players — has assumed command.

The Warriors are more than capable, as one of their KCAC wins came against No. 17-ranked Southwestern. They also have defeated Saint Mary, while losing to Ottawa and Friends.