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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bruner’s 27 points propel Bulldogs to KCAC championship 87-80

  • As the No. 8 seed of the conference tournament, the McPherson College men proved to the teams of the KCAC that they were a force to be reckoned with, completing an improbable KCAC tournament run that culminated in Tuesday night’s 87-80 victory over Sterling.
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  • As the No. 8 seed of the conference tournament, the McPherson College men proved to the teams of the KCAC that they were a force to be reckoned with, completing an improbable KCAC tournament run that culminated in Tuesday night’s 87-80 victory over Sterling.
    With the win, Mac College became just the second team in the league’s history to win the tournament as the No. 8 seed.
     Sterling scored two of the first baskets but played catch-up for most of the opening half.  The ‘Dogs led by just a handful for the first 20 minutes and got up by as many as five, coming before the midway mark of the period.  There were four ties and nine lead changes in the first half.
    McPherson native Adam Bruner had an incredible first half for the Bulldogs, scoring 17 on 6-of-12 from the field with three from deep and two free throws.
    The second period opened with MC tying their largest advantage of the game at five; after that, the teams went back-and-forth for the next several minutes until the ‘Dogs put together some buckets, increasing their lead to 10 before the midway point of the half.
    The score margin hovered around the double-digit mark for the next five minutes but then the Warrior began their push.  Sterling pulled within five with just under two minutes left but four-straight points by Mac put the Bulldogs back up by nine 30 seconds later.
    Points were traded for the final minute of regulation and with the help of eight consecutive free throws, McPherson completed an extremely unlikely tournament run to be named 2012-13 KCAC Tournament Champions, winning 87-80.
     A 46.2 field goal percentage was logged by the Bulldogs in the contest as they hit 30-of-65 with seven from distance.  The Warriors made three more shots from the floor than MC, converting on 33-of-72; 8-of-28 three pointers were counted for as were 6-of-10 from the charity stripe.
    The Bulldogs were out-rebounded 41-35 and gave up 17 offensive boards while grabbing 12 of their own. McPherson did an amazing job with their passing as only five turnovers were committed; Sterling had 12 TOs of their own and the ‘Dogs stole eight.
     Bruner scored 10 in the second half to give him 27 for the competition. Samson Shivers also played well, scoring 17, while. Joey Powers had a solid second period and ended the game with 13 points.  
    Jake Reinhardt also made it over the 10-point hump, tallying 11 with seven of his total coming from the charity stripe.  Devirous Johnson hit the double figures in rebounds, logging 10 and also scored eight.
     Thompson ended the contest as the Warrior’s leading scorer with his 16 while leading SC in rebounds with 11.  Darius Alexander had 15 for the Warriors. Raheem Odomes finished the game with 14 points.
    Page 2 of 2 -  It’s off to Point Lookout, Mo., and the NAIA National Tournament for the Bulldogs.
    Seeding for the tournament was to be announced sometime today. The NAIA tournament begins March 6.
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