The McPherson College men's basketball team had one of those nights where nothing seemed to go right, as the fell, at home, to the York College Panthers 76-65.
The Bulldogs hung around in the first half, only trailing the Panthers by five at the break, 37-32, but it was clear that they didn't have the same energy as they have had in their last few games. The Bulldogs made just 13 of 34 shots from the field in the first half, including just 2 of 10 from behind the 3 point arc, and their leading scorer, Chamaje Barideaux was held to zero points.
The halftime intermission didn't seem to do much for the Bulldogs' energy, and things actually got a little worse. On the offensive end of the floor, they shot 30 percent from the floor, making 8-of-27 shots, and defensively, they allowed the Panthers to get easy looks at the rim, and they allowed them numerous second chances as they collected nine offensive rebounds in the half.
Lual Magot finished the night as the Bulldogs' leading scorer, coming off the bench to tally 15 points. He was joined in double figures by Barideaux who bounced back in the second half to chip in 11.
Coach Swartzendruber put things pretty succinctly after the game saying, "We were flat tonight. I don't know if it is because of finals or what, but we didn't play with any energy. We need to bounce back Saturday at Friends."
The loss drops the Bulldogs to 6-5 overall on the season, and 3-4 in the KCAC. All four of their conference losses thus far have happened at home. They will get another chance at KCAC road win on Saturday when they head to Wichita, Kan. for a matchup up with the Friends University Falcons, and the KCAC's leading scoring in Jordan Murdock. The Bulldogs and Falcons will tangle at 7 p.m. in the Air Capital, following the women's game at 5 p.m.