McPherson College’s men didn’t come away with a win this past weekend in University of Wisconsin-Platteville Classic, but the Bulldogs turned in highly creditable performances against two NCAA Division III schools.
A night after losing 70-56 to the host school, the Bulldogs bowed 66-54 to St. Olaf College.
“We knew going to this tournament we would face two very good teams,” Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber said. “Their style of play is tough because they use the shot clock on each possession. When you get behind, it is difficult to make up.  I was pleased how we fought back in each game. Unfortunately when we were down it made for some long defensive possessions, but I think we learned a lot as a team.”
St. Olaf 66, Mac 54 -- Mac got off to a slow start against undefeated St. Olaf, trailing 37-25 at the half, shooting just 30 percent.
But the Bulldogs played on even terms in the second half, though their shooting still remained rather tepid.
Aaron Jackson and Samson Shivers led the Bulldogs with 12 points apiece. Mac actually held its own off the glass, outrebounding the NCAA Division III school, 38-37. All-Tournament selection Aaron Frazier had seven rebounds from his guard spot.
Mac did a good defensive job on St. Olaf star Bobby Fong, who came into the game averaging 23 points. He was held to 12, going just 4 of 16 from the field.
Tucker Sheley had 17 to lead the winners.
Mac (6-4) now returns home to kick off KCAC play Thursday against Kansas Wesleyan, with game time 8 p.m.
Mac (54) -- Jackson 12, Frazier 9, Severs 3, Woods 2, Hewitt 4, Miller 6, Shivers 12, Reinhardt 4, Lundy 2.
St. Olaf (66) -- Jaryan 6, Sheley 17, Gunderson 3, Fong 12, Neville 8, Bestler 3, Hultgren 8, Wieloch 7, Sathoff 2.
University of Wisconsin-Platteville 70, McPherson College 56 -- The Bulldogs found out why Platteville is considered one of the top defensive teams in the country.
Platteville held the Bulldogs to 30-percent shooting, as the Bulldogs could manage just 19 of 63 against the stifling defense.
Despite their cold shooting, the Bulldogs were still in the game at the half, trailing 40-31 as Platteville needed a 13-4 run to close out the half for some breathing room.
Frazier led the Bulldogs with 18 points and was 8 of 16 from the field. A good sign was the emergence of Kasey Miller, who showed his form of last year by making 5 of 7 from beyond the arc for 15 points.
Platteville’s big man Joe Allen proved to be too much to handle, as he came off the bench to score 18 points and pull down 10 rebounds.
Eric Wall also had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, as Platteville had a decisive 48-28 advantage off the glass.
Nick Allen scored 15 and Chas Cross added 14.
Mac (56) -- Jackson 9, Frazier 18, Crawford 2, Hewitt 4, Miller 15, Shivers 5, Woods 1, Lundy 2.
Platteville (70) -- Stallion 2, N. Allen 15, Wall 17, Cross 14, Gerber 4, J. Allen 18.