McPherson, Kan. – The McPherson College men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagle’s hot shooting Saturday night, and they lost 88-80. The Eagles shot 50.4% from the field, and the Bulldogs only shot 37%.
The Bulldogs opened the game like gangbusters, racing out to a 12-4 lead. Nothing seemed to go right for the Eagles in the opening minutes of the game however, this would quickly change. Shots started falling from 3-pt distance for the Eagles, and the Bulldogs shooters couldn’t match them. The Bulldogs tied the game at 17-17 with 11:11 left in the first half. From that point on the Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 32 to 16. Lual Magot (Sr. Tucson, Ariz.) was one of the lone bright spots for the Bulldogs in the first half.
The Bulldogs didn’t fare much better defensively in the second half. Eagles’ guard Brooks Haddock burnt the Bulldogs defense for 27 points in the game. He was an efficient eight of sixteen from the field and eight of eleven from the line. Haddock was a big part of the 88 points the Eagles scored in the game. For the Bulldogs’ offense, Magot had a career-high in points Saturday night with 24, unfortunately, it didn’t come in a win. Fred Watts (Jr. Channelview, Texas), Dorian Paige (Sr. Tucson, Ariz.), and Delvon Hightower (Sr. Bakersfield, Calif.) all had strong nights offensively, scoring 13, 13, and 14 respectively. They just couldn’t match the hot shooting of the Eagles.
“It was a tough night for us,” said Bulldog head coach TJ Eskildsen. “We just didn’t make enough plays to beat a very good Oklahoma Wesleyan team, but I was proud that we battled to the end. Lual was great for us on the offensive end. We need to learn from this game and get better.”
The Bulldogs move to 8-5 on the season with a 5-4 record in the KCAC. They will play at Bethel College next Wednesday night at 8.
MAC (80) – Magot (24), Hightower (14), Watts (13), Paige (13), Jenkins (5), Munsen (4), Rivers (3), Shelvin (3), McCrary (1).