Another slow start put McPherson College in too big of a hole, as the Bulldogs fell just short of Bethel College, losing 65-63 after a put-back by McPherson native Cody Cape gave Bethel the game’s final two points.
Both teams had sluggish starts with a lot of missed shots as the two squads felt each other out.
Baskets were traded for the first half of the period, the largest lead for Mac was one-point which they held onto for a total of 1:21.
Bethel got up by as many as eight and did so with four minutes left in the half.
A tied game at halftime seemed fitting as neither team was able to take control in the game’s first 20 minutes.
McPherson scored once in the second period’s first five minutes which allowed the Threshers to take control of the game, leading by 12 before the 10-minute mark.
The score tightened up in the final few minutes as McPherson tied the score at 55 apiece with 5:41 showing on the game clock.
A layup by Mac’s Adam Bruner tied things up yet again with 14 clicks left on the clock. After back-to-back missed field goals by Bethel’s Adam Arciniega, Cape grabbed the final rebound and banked it off the glass as time expired, giving Bethel their first conference win of the year 65-63.
Joey Powers gave McPherson a burst off the bench and scored a team-high 13 points on 5-of-6 from the field and 2-of-4 from the stripe. Mason Hewitt scored 12 while shooting 6-of-14 Darius Hill.
Four Thresher players made it into double-digits scoring, with Arciniega was the team’s top scorer, bucketing 17 points. Cape finished with 10 points.
McPherson takes on Bethany College at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.