McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bulldogs fall to SAGU in overtime thriller 92-82

  • The streak had to end at some point for Bulldog basketball and it did so on Saturday at the hands of NAIA Division I No. 5 Southwestern Assemblies of God University in a 92-82 overtime battle.
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  • The streak had to end at some point for Bulldog basketball and it did so on Saturday at the hands of NAIA Division I No. 5 Southwestern Assemblies of God University in a 92-82 overtime battle.   
    "We battled back from 10 down in the second half and had a chance to win it in the end," McPherson coach Tim Swartzendruber said.  "In overtime we just didn't get the stops we needed.  They are a great team and I'm proud of our guys for putting us in a position to win."
     It was a battle of equally matched teams as evident by the fact that the two were never more than a basket apart for the first several minutes of the opening period.  
    The Lions started to break away near that halfway mark, getting up by as many as five but a 15-4 push by Mac gave the 'Dogs a 28-22 lead with less than five to play in the half.
    Trailing seven with 2:20 to go SAGU went on a 9-2 run to close out the period, leaving the teams all square at 36-36.
    The second half started with a 14-4 surge by the Lions as they tried to use the home court adrenaline to give them an edge.  
    Mac got it back within a handful but SAGU kept the lead for the majority of the period.  The 'Dogs jumped back on top with a minute to play at 71-70.
     The Lions had a chance to leap-frog MC but were only able to hit 1-of-2 free throws, tying things up with 51 seconds to play.
    McPherson had a couple of chances to win it in the closing seconds but couldn't get their shots to fall, ending regulation tied at 71.
    In overtime, the foul total, 26 to this point, started to hamper the Bulldogs. SAGU was in the double bonus and had the ball go through on every attempt from the foul line in the game's final 10 minutes.  
    MC also had a tough time seeing any of their shots fall, forcing even more fouls and free throws for the Lions.  
    Southwestern Assemblies of God held off Mac for the 92-82 victory.
    A 15-of-36 showing from the floor in the last 30 minutes of the game, 2-of-8 in OT, was recorded by McPherson.
    They were 3-of-12 from deep and 13-of-18, including a perfect 5-of-5 in overtime, from the stripe.
    The Lions made 13-of-32 in the second half and overtime, including 5-of-17 from downtown.
    In terms of foul shooting, 11-of-16 in the second period and a perfect 14-of-14 in overtime helped push SAGU past the Bulldogs. They ended the game shooting 48 from the line.
    A mind-blowing 33 fouls were called on Mac and the team saw three players foul out of the game; SAGU totaled 17 in the game.
    Page 2 of 2 - For the game, MC made 29-of-73 field goals with 9-of-30 going in from beyond the arc; 15-of-22 free throws went through the net in the 50 minute contest.
    The 'Dogs totaled 48 rebounds, two more than the Lions, with 17 coming off the offensive glass.
    The two Texas sharp-shooters led the way in scoring for McPherson. Samson Shivers totaled a team-high 24 on 8-of-14 from the floor, 4-of-8 from range, and 4-of-4 from the foul line. He also netted three assists.
    Erik DeRoo bucketed a season-high 21 with a stat line of 6-of-11 field goals, including four threes, and 5-of-5 free throws. DeRoo, also had three assists.  
    Joey Powers and Brian Johnson both made it into double figures with 13 and 11, respectively. Devirous Johnson was a beast on the glass, pulling down 17 rebounds to compliment his seven points.
    The Bulldogs get a few needed days of rest after playing an exhibition game against Emporia State University Tuesday evening, which the Bulldogs lost 94-52.
    Mac is on the road against Bacone College Saturday afternoon, with tipoff at 4 p.m.