McPherson College fought back from as much as 20 points down in the second half Thursday night, but Ottawa University proved too physical for the Bulldogs, who remain winless in the KCAC after falling 65-59.
Neither team shot well in the first half from the field, as Ottawa was 37.1 percent while Mac College shot 38.5. The difference, however, was three point shooting, as the Braves were 5-of-16 from behind the arc, while McPherson only managed one triple in the period.
The second half was much kinder to the Bulldogs (5-7, 0-3 KCAC), especially as the time began to wind down. McPherson was 44.8 percent from the field in the second half and 46.2 percent from distance, but the first half deficit proved too much for the Bulldogs to overcome.
While Ottawa (4-6, 2-1 KCAC) won the turnover battle 19-13, McPherson was better under the glass in the contest, nabbing 41 rebounds to the Braves' 38.
For the game, McPherson shot 41.8 percent from the field and 31.8 from behind the three point line. The Bulldogs were 6-of-17 from the foul line.
Ottawa's Corey Smith led all scorers with 20 points. Also scoring in double figures for the Braves were Julian Rose and Adam Hasty, who both scored 10 points.
For the Bulldogs, Darius Hill led the way with 13, while Joey Powers had 12 points.
McPherson will be on the road Saturday once more, as the Bulldogs travel to Winfield to face Southwestern.