Big 2nd Half For Bulldogs In Win Over Park University Gilbert


By McPherson College Athletics

GILBERT, AZ. —The McPherson College men’s basketball wrapped up their trip to the Grand Canyon State with a 100-78 win over Park University-Gilbert.

After being up just one, 39-38 at the break, the Bulldog offense erupted for 61 points in the second stanza to reach the century mark for the first time this season. The Bulldogs led by as many as 12 points in the first half before the Buccaneers worked their way back into the game late in the half. Mac had to overcome early foul trouble from several key players but still found themselves with the lead at the halftime intermission.

In the second half, the Bulldogs played some of their best defense on the season, forcing 20 turnovers from the home team, and turning those miscues into 21 points on the other end of the floor. The offense was fueled by the defensive effort, knocking down 34 of 79 shots from the floor, and 9 of 24 from beyond the three-point arc. The Bulldogs also had another dominant performance on the glass. They outrebounded the Buccaneers 50-45 with 17 of those coming on the offensive glass.

Individually, Lual Magot playing in front of his family had another career game and a double-double with 27 points and 14 rebounds. Right behind Magot was Kemryn Jenkins, who had a season-high 20 point in Saturday’s win, then went for 25 on Sunday. Also in double figures were Delvon Hightower with 12, and Travon Shelvin with 10.

“I was proud of the mental toughness that we showed today,” Head Coach TJ Eskildsen said. “With a quick turnaround from our game last night it is not always easy to be ready to play. We battled through some fatigue and showed that we were going to compete.” He added, “Lual and Kemryn were huge for us again on the offensive end. I also was excited for both Myles McCrary and Travon Shelvin. They both stepped up big for us off the bench today. We now get to enjoy the rest of our time here in Arizona together and become closer as a team. I am excited for what the New Year will bring for this group.”

 With the win, the Bulldogs are now 10-5 on the year, and have matched their win total from a season ago. They will be back in action after the holidays on Jan. 4 when they host the Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes at the Sports Center.

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