The McPherson College men's basketball team moved to 3-0 on the season with a decisive 89-56 victory over the Bacone College Warriors on Saturday, as part of the annual McPherson Classic tournament.
The Bulldogs came into the game having beat the Dallas Christian College Crusaders the night before in the opening game of the classic. In Saturday's shoot-a-round, Mac head coach, Tim Swartzendruber exhorted his team to play with focus against the Warriors, as they had the opportunity to go undefeated in their home tournament, something they didn't do the year before.
The Bulldogs responded to their coach's exhortation, and came out against the Warriors with a sense of urgency, from the opening tip. They jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead, and never looked back. The Bulldogs never trailed in the game, and the closest the Warriors got was one point when they trailed Mac 9-8 at the 13:40 mark. By the end of the half, the lead had ballooned out to 12 points, 36-24.
In the second half, the Bulldogs kept their foot on the gas. By the midway point of the half, they had extended their lead to 15, and a few minutes later it was up to 20. With under three minutes to play, the Bulldogs had their largest lead of the night at 28 points, 78-50. Swartzendruber cleared his bench, and they maintained the lead, winning 84-56.
The Bulldogs scored 84 points on 34 of 62 shooting from the floor, despite not making a single three pointer in the game. The Bulldogs dominated the boards, winning the battle on the glass 44-31, they also won the turnover battle, forcing 20 miscues from the Warriors.
In what has become a theme this season, the Bulldogs had another night of balanced scoring, with 5 players scoring in double figures. Frederick Watts II led the Bulldogs in scoring with 16 on 6 of 67 shooting from the floor, and making 4 of 6 from the free throw line. He was joined in double figures by Jeffrey Oxford, Grant Munsen, Grant Owens, and Delvon Hightower, who each had 10.
"It's great to come out with two wins this weekend," said Swartzendruber. "I felt our defense was solid overall, but we need to stop fouling so much. The fact we took six charges is outstanding. We are looking forward to the game next Wednesday."
Next up for the Bulldogs is their match up with crosstown rival Central Christian College in the inaugural "Mayor's Cup". The Bulldogs and Tigers will tip off at 8 p.m on Wednesday night at the McPherson High School "Round House"