Aaron Bachura  matched a season-high with 31 points and the Bulldogs shot 56.6 percent (30-of-53) en route to an 87-72 victory over Kansas Wesleyan University in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) play Saturday night at the Sport Center.

The Coyotes (15-11, 13-7 KCAC) grabbed an early 4-2 lead three minutes in on a pair of Zach Rammelt baskets, but the Bulldogs (9-19, 6-14 KCAC) countered with 10 straight points over the next 2:25 to take a 12-4 lead with 14:35 to play in the half. Bachura book-ended the rally with a pair of 3-pointers.

KWU slowly chipped away at the advantage, getting to within one at 19-18 on a Darius Hammond 3-pointer just past the midway point of the half. It would take almost four more minutes before the Coyotes could completely erase the deficit. A Terell Gandy layup in the midst of a 6-0 Coyote run tied the score at 28-all. After a McPherson miss, Nathaniel Leach capped the run with basket to put Wesleyan up 30-28 with 5:35 remaining. The Bulldogs countered with a pair of Frederick Watts  free throws and another basket by Bachura to retake the lead. Jamon Fulton drained a 3-pointer to momentarily put the Coyotes back in front, but Chamaje Barideaux matched Fulton with a long-distance dagger of his own to kick of a 10-0 run that sent McPherson into the locker room with a 42-33 lead at halftime.

McPherson continued their hot shooting to start the second half, hitting four of its first six shots as part of a 12-2 run that expanded the Bulldog advantage to 19 points with just over 16 minutes to play. Bachura added two more 3-pointers to his total as part of the run. Kansas Wesleyan rallied to slice the deficit to 12 with six minutes remaining, but Bachura hit 3-pointers on back-to-back McPherson possessions to give the Bulldogs a 16-point cushion as the clock ticked under the 5:00 mark. The Coyotes never got closer than 13 the rest of the way.

Overall, McPherson was 30-of-53 (56.6 percent) from the field and 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) from 3-point range. The Bulldogs also came through at the free throw line, converting on 16 of 21 attempts, and had a commanding 35-23 edge on the boards. Kansas Wesleyan shot a solid 27-of-59 (45.8 percent) from the field and matched McPherson with 11 3-pointers - albeit on 32 attempts - while going 7-of-9 at the line.

Bachura, who was recognized during Senior Night festivities pregame, shot 12-of-19 from the field, matched a career-high with seven 3-pointers and had three steals. He moved past Josh Alexander into 12th place on McPherson's all-time scoring chart. Bachura also moved his season total of 3-pointers made to 92, second on the single season charts behind the record 95 he hit a year ago.

Watts and Jeffrey Oxford (Claremore, Okla., Claremore HS) - both freshmen - continued their spectacular play as of late. Watts totaled 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and an 8-of-10 effort at the line while pulling down a career-high 14 rebounds. Oxford nearly had a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds. Garrett Owen (Woodward, Okla., Woodward HS) also narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with seven points and 10 assists. The 10 assists are the most by a Bulldog in nearly seven years (Trent Severs; 10 vs. Saint Mary, 2/17/2011).

Grant Munsen  added eight points and three rebounds in the middle, while Barideaux chipped in with five points.

Hammond scored 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting with four 3-pointers off the bench to lead four Coyotes in double figures. Zach Rammelt finished with 11 points, while Terell Gandy and Marquis Kraemer had 10 points each. Jamon Fulton added nine points, while Ernest Carter had eight points and seven assists.

"It feels great to have our guys continue to improve even though we won't make the tournament," said head coach Tim Swartzendruber. "Aaron is playing extremely well and others are improving. We have won four in a row at home and we'd love to see a big crowd Wednesday for our final home game of the year."

Although eliminated from KCAC Tournament contention, McPherson still has an opportunity to play spoiler for at least one team ahead of them. The Bulldogs host the University of Saint Mary (15-11, 13-7 KCAC) at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the home finale. The Spires, who won the initial meeting with McPherson on Jan. 10 in Leavenworth - currently sit in a four-way tie for second place in the league standings heading into the final week of the regular season. The group of four (Oklahoma Wesleyan, Kansas Wesleyan, Saint Mary, Friends) is two games back of No. 12 Southwestern and just one game ahead of York and Tabor (both 12-8). McPherson closes the season next Saturday at Bethel (7-20, 5-15 KCAC).