Bulldog men pick up important road win

By Steve Sell
January 14, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – McPherson College’s men entered Wednesday’s basketball game never having lost to the Avila Eagles.

They still haven’t.

The Bulldogs completed the season sweep of Avila with an impressive 82-68 road win and the game played out much like the first meeting at the Sport Center when Mac jumped all over the Eagles in the first half.

The Bulldogs sprinted to a 48-29 halftime lead and while the Eagles won the second half, the teams played relatively close as the Bulldogs completed the double-digit victory.

Mac moved to 6-5 in the KCAC and won for the third straight game as it’s now 8-5 overall.

"Proud of our guys' effort tonight,” Mac coach TJ Eskildsen said. “Anytime you can go on the road in conference and win you will always take that. Avila has been playing extremely well and I was happy with the energy that we came out with. I thought Myles McCrary had his best game in a Bulldog uniform tonight. He was an absolute animal on the glass and finishing around the rim. It was fun to see how the rest of our team was excited for him. Having guys bought in for each other and playing for each other is what basketball is all about.  I wish that we could have played with a little more consistency in the second half, but again I'm happy we got a big road win against a very good Avila team."

McCrary dominated by making 8 of 9 floor shots and scored 16 points, while completing a double-double with 12 rebounds. Kemryn Jenkins came off the bench to lead Mac with 18 points, while Fred Watts also was in doubles with 14. Tremaine Banks led the Eagles with 18 points.

The Bulldogs won despite making just 9 of 37 from 3-point and 11 of 20 at the line. But they had a whopping 55 rebounds as Avila is perhaps the only team in the KCAC with less size than the Bulldogs. Watts joined McCrary in double digits in rebounds with 11 as he also had a double-double.

The Bulldogs are back home Saturday to take on Bethany, which handed Mac an 81-75 loss the first time. The ‘Dogs are shooting for their second four-game winning streak of the year in the 3 p.m. matchup at the Sport Center.

Mac (82) – Watts 14, Rivers 9, Okoro 4, Maccoy 4, Chesnut 4, Jenkins 18, McCrary 16, Hardison 7, Shelvin 6.

Avila (68) – Banks 18, Phillips 16, Hoggatt 11, Simpson 10, Johnson 7, Dinkins 2, Pyle 2, DeShazer 2.