McPherson College’s Samson Shivers picked an opportune time to shake off his recent cold streak, as he put up 26 points on Haskell Indian Nations University, including the game-winning three pointer as time expired in the second overtime, giving the Bulldogs a 93-92 win.
This was a very close contest from the start; McPherson was down by a handful of points throughout the first half but never down more than five and headed into the locker room trailing 33-34.
The second period was just as close and intense as the first with both teams trading the lead back and forth; six ties and multiple lead changes occurred throughout the half. McPherson held the largest lead of five points but Shivers was unable to hit the game-winning shot to end the contest in regulation, taking the game into its first overtime.
Haskell had a solid shooting performance, draining 14 of their 25 buckets from the field; the Indians continued to hit their shots from the charity stripe, going 7-of-11 for the period. The Bulldogs stayed consistent in the second period, making 13-of-36 field goals.
In the first overtime, McPherson held the lead for the entire period as HINU was only able to tie the game, doing so three times with the last one coming with under five seconds remaining.
The second OT was the exact opposite as the Indians were the controllers and amassed a six point advantage with just over two minutes remaining.
Haskell would not score again as MC went on a 7-0 run with the last three points coming on a Shivers three-point bucket with 00:00 showing on the scoreboard along with 93-92 in favor of the Bulldogs.
The game was tied 16 times and 21 lead changes occurred throughout this 50 minute thriller.
McPherson finished the game shooting 38.1% from the floor and was 15-of-40 from behind the arc and 14-of 22 from the stripe. The Bulldogs committed a season-low 10 turnovers and had a season-high 17 assists.
Shivers was 7-of-15 from deep, 3-of-5 from the free throw line and 1-of-5 on two point field goals. Kasey Miller made it into double figures for the first time this season with his 12 points on 3-of-10 from beyond the arc and 3-of-3 from the stripe.
Also hitting double-digits were Dante Lee and Devirous Johnson who each had 11. Lee was one assist away from a double-double.
The Bulldogs will now take on Baker University this afternoon at 3 p.m.
McPherson — Reinhard 4 1-1 9; Hill 3 2-4 8; Lee 3 3-4 11; Shivers 8 3-5 26; Miller 3 3-3 12; Johnson, Brian 2 1-3 6; Johnson Devirous 5 1-2 11; Woods 1 0-0 3; Hewitt 2 0-0 5; Bevan 1 0-0 2.
Haskell — Thompson 2 0-1 4; Whiteshield 5 6-7 16; Rousseu 6 3-4 15; Osborne 5 5-6 16; Lovato 7 0-0 21; Proctor 3 0-0 6; Lee 3 0-0 6; Estes 0 1-2 1; Rudd 1 3-4 5; Skunk 1 0-0 2.