A late push by McPherson fell just short as Sterling College held at home.

A late push by McPherson fell just short as Sterling College held at home.  

The 79-70 loss to the Warriors on Thursday keeps the 11-17 Bulldogs in 8th place of the KCAC standings with one game remaining.

  The Warriors led for all but two minutes of the opening period and started to break away as they closed in on the 10-minute mark but a mini-run by Mac brought the score margin back to a handful.

The game stayed close until the half’s closing seconds when four-straight baskets by Sterling put them ahead by double figures for the first time.  

A layup by Joey Powers brought the first period to a close with the Bulldogs trailing 34-25.

 The Bulldogs scored on their first three possessions of the second half but five-straight points by Sterling increased the score back to double-digits.  

McPherson quickly retaliated the next time they had the ball and pulled within five, but a 9-0 Warrior run pushed Sterling’s lead to 13, the highest of the game.  

Mac battled back with a 7-0 run of their own, bringing the distance to a reachable number with under five to play.

In the closing moments of the game, McPherson would get within six a few times but never any closer, ultimately losing 79-70.

 McPherson closed out the game making 39.7 percent of their 63 shot attempts. They went 7-of-24 from downtown and 13-of-18 from the free throw line.

Sterling saw 32-of-60 of their field goals counted in the win with 7-of-17 coming from distance. An 8-of-14 night was totaled from the stripe for Sterling.  

It was a relatively low rebounding game with the Warriors grabbing the most as they hauled in 37 to Mac’s 36.

Each team turned the ball over 12 times. Mac stole six while Sterling recorded five.

Samson Shivers had another solid game for the ‘Dogs, draining 8-of-15 with six three balls and five free throws for 27 points. Adam Bruner and Devirous Johnson each totaled 15 points for Mac.

 Raheem Odomes ended the contest with 23 points for Sterling.  Eddie Adesodun added 19 points, while  Adam Brown totaled 13 points and 13 rebounds for the game’s lone double-double and his 13th of the season.

Darius Alexander rounded out the Warrior’s double figure scorers with 11.

 The Bethel Threshers come to McPherson for the Bulldogs’ final regular season game of the year.  The Saturday match up is to start at 7 p.m.

 A win for Mac and they’re in the tournament, a loss and it’s in the hands of Kansas Wesleyan.

McPherson (70) — Shivers 8-15 5-9 27; Johnson 5-9 5-6 15; Bruner 6-15 3-3 15; Reinhardt 3-5 0-0 6; Lakin 1-7 0-0 3; Powers 1-2 0-0 2; Miller 1-7 0-0 2.

Sterling (79) — Odomes 11-16 1-2 23; Brown 6-13 1-2 13; Alexander 4-7 1-2 11; Adesodun 6-10 3-4 19; Stacker 3-5 0-0 6; Thompson 1-4 0-0 3; Dower 1-1 0-0 2; Swank 0-1 1-2 1; Givens 0-0 1-2 1.