OTTAWA — Ottawa University’s Marshon Norfleet has become the McPherson College Bulldogs’ worst nightmare.
Norfleet, who scored 30 points last month in a loss to the Bulldogs, torched Mac for another 29 on Thursday to lead OU to an 80-73 victory and split of the season series.
Norfleet was 7 of 10 from the field and 12 of 14 at the line. Free throws were the difference in the game as OU was 28 of 34, while Mac shot just 14 and made only eight.
Big 6-9 Alex Lundry dominated Mac in the paint for 20 points and 10 rebounds.
DeAndre Henson came off the bench to pour in 19 points to lead Mac, which also received 14 apiece from TJ Grant and Chris Crook. Darius Hill had a monster game off the glass with a whopping 19 rebounds and also scored 12 points to complete his double-double.
Mac was down 33-27 at the half and it showed some grit by scoring 15 points in the final 1:10, but it was too little, too late.
The Bulldogs are now 4-11 in the KCAC and holding on to the eighth and final playoff spot for dear life. They are a game up on Kansas Wesleyan.
Mac, 8-19 overall, plays Saturday at Southwestern.
Mac (73) — Hill 12, Bevan 2, Grant 14, Lakin 3, Crook 14, Henson 19, Bachura 3, Berry 2, Parker 4.
OU (80) — Nichols 5, Oakes 13, O’Con 5, Ad. Hasty 8, Norfleet 29, Lundry 20.
• OTTAWA WOMEN 70, MAC 61 — Sunny Smart was on fire for Mac with 27 points, but a wide gulf at the foul line led OU to the win.
The Lady Braves were 17 of 28 at the stripe while the Bulldogs were 9 of 10.
Alicia Demaret just missed a double-double for Mac with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Bailey Brown added 11 points.
Madison Stewart, who at one time had been committed to the Bulldogs before switching her pledge, scored 23 points for OU, one more than Mikayla Skidmore.
Mac is now 3-12 in the KCAC and 4-23 overall as its playoff hopes are growing dimmer every game. The Bulldogs play Saturday at Southwestern.
Mac (61) — G. Smart 6, Abra 5, Brown 11, S. Smart 27, Demaret 12.
OU (70) — Romig 13, Grammer 4, Skidmore 22, Thomas 3, Stewart 23, Hodison 4, Boden 1.