The McPherson College men and women split with Bethel Saturday night for Senior Night, with the men winning an overtime thriller 83-78 and the women falling 79-57.
In the men’s contest, the Bulldogs fought back in the final minutes of the second half to force overtime and then took it to Bethel, completely dismantling the Threshers and winning 83-78.
The victory was the senior’s final home game as they are the No. 8 seed in the upcoming postseason tournament and will be on the road from here on out.
The Bulldogs closed out Senior Night with a 42.9 shooting percentage, nailing 27-of-63 with five makes from deep. They were able to bucket 24-of-29 free throws in the win. Bethel committed 14 turnovers, while McPherson stole eight of those away.
Adam Bruner led the team with 21 points. Senior Kasey Miller scored 14, while Joey Powers and Samson Shivers scored 13 and 12 points respectively.
Jake Reinhardt, in his final game in McPherson, recorded another double-double, scoring 10 points and bringing down 15 rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs came out flat in their contest with the Threshers, ending the season on a four-game skid.
McPherson struggled from the field and scored just enough from the foul line to keep the Threshers within reach.
As the halftime buzzer sounded, following a layup by Bethel, MC trailed 34-27.
Mac got within a bucket less than three minutes into the second half but five-straight baskets by Bethel put the Threshers ahead by 14 with 13:09 showing on the scoreboard.
Bethel’s lead stayed in the double figures for all but 20 seconds of the rest of the game.
Tayler Puttergill was the lone Mac player to make it over the 10-point hump with her 11 points.
The Bulldogs are now preparing for the postseason KCAC tournament. The men, the eighth seed, will open on the road against No. 1 Saint Mary Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.
The women are seeded sixth and will face No. 3 Southwestern Thursday night in Winfield at 7 p.m.