Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.
The McPherson College men’s basketball team showed its depth when six players finished in double figures after beating University of Saint Mary 105-93 on Wednesday night at the Sport Center. The Bulldogs improve to 18-6 on the season and 13-5 in KCAC.
The Bulldogs went 10 deep in their rotation. Both teams were shooting lights out offensively, especially in three-pointers. The Bulldogs were shooting 51 percent from behind the arc, while Saint Mary shot 50 percent from downtown. As six Bulldogs scored in double figures, the Spires had five. Brad Hailey had a double-double night with 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Spires. As much as it was an offensive performance for McPherson, the defense was a disappointment for Head Coach T.J. Eskildsen.
“Everyone was scoring for us tonight,” Eskildsen said. “That’s just tough to guard but we need to get better on the defensive end but we will get better.”
McPherson was contributed by all of its role players. The Bulldogs’ bench players scored a total of 48 points. Both teams were exchanging buckets in the first half until Myles McCrary created a spark for the Bulldogs needed when he came off the bench shooting 4 of 5 from the field. The freshman scored all nine points in the first half and 11 points overall, which is career-high for the Arlington, Texas native. The Bulldogs had a 49-47 lead at halftime.
“Myles was huge tonight, and I was proud of him,” Eskildsen said. “He keeps working hard every day in practice, and he deserves to have a game like this. I believe he will have more games like this down the stretch because he has the energy and is athletic. He’s going to be a good player for us here. I’m excited for him and happy he had that game tonight.”
Dorian Page put up 12 points and was 3 for 5 in three-pointers. Kamryn Jenkins led the Bulldogs in scoring with 19 points, and couldn’t miss whenever he’s open for a three-point shot. His 5 for 7 in triples gave the Bulldogs a comfortable lead down the stretch as they outscored the Spires 56-46 in the second half.
“Kamryn haven’t been shooting the ball well all of this year,” Eskildsen said. “It’s nice to see him see the ball go through the net here in the home gym.”
The Bulldogs had their largest lead of the night at 16 with 3:36 left to play. Lual Magot put on a double-double performance with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Delvon Hightower added 16 points with five assists. One of his assists included an alley-oop pass to Grant Munsen which erupted the home crowd in the Sport Center.
With the win, the Bulldogs are continuing to climb their way up in the KCAC standings. After Wednesday’s win, the Bulldogs are now No. 3 and only a half-game back behind Oklahoma Wesleyan University and Ottawa University. The Bulldogs are also on the verge of reaching their 20th win for the first in eight years.
“We’re right there,” Eskildsen said. “We just got to take care of our business and we have a chance to do something special.”
The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday as they take on Sterling College at 7 p.m.