MCC Men Split Games at Classic for Christ

McPherson, KS - The MCC men's basketball team split a pair of games over the weekend at the Central Christian College Classic for Christ. MCC dropped the opening game on Friday against Oklahoma Wesleyan University 94-83, but they rebounded on Saturday by defeating Grace University 100-98.

The story of the Oklahoma Wesleyan game was the inability of the Thunder to keep the Eagles off the offensive glass. Oklahoma Wesleyan collected 27 offensive rebounds and scored 28 second chance points, while MCC only grabbed 34 total rebounds for the game. The Eagles also connected on thirteen three-pointers. MCC trailed only 43-40 at halftime but the failure to control the glass didn't allow the Thunder to make much of a run in the second half. Mike White led the way for MCC with 25 points and 8 rebounds, while Rayshaun McDonald came off the bench to score 16 points.

Saturday saw MCC play with a little more effort and while there were still struggles with rebounding the Thunder were able to rally for the 100-98 victory over Grace University. MCC was down 53-47 at halftime, after trailing by as many as eleven points earlier in the half. In the second half Grace was able to stretch the lead out to nine points a couple of different times before MCC rallied. Mike White and Sterling Turner were keys to the comeback and a three-pointer by Turner gave MCC a 75-74 lead. From there the game went back and forth before MCC was able to open a 98-93 lead with just over three minutes left but Grace rallied to tie it at 98-98 with just over a minute left. A basket by White gave MCC the lead at 100-98 and a defensive stop by the Thunder allowed them to hold on for the victory. White and Turner each scored 25 points while Chance Houston scored 17 points off the bench and Gabe Awbrey chipped in with 15 points. "I thought this was a big game for our guys to pick up the win against a solid team even though we did not play our best," commented Coach Condra.

MCC will be back in action on Monday, November 14 against Central Christian College (KS).

MCC Scoreboard

2/25/2021 | Mens Basketball vs. No. 2s Arlington Baptist College | L, 88-81 
2/20/2021 | Mens Basketball vs. No. 1 Barclay College | W, 109-90 
2/20/2021 | Womens Basketball vs. No. 5 Faith Baptist Bible College | W, 78-67 
2/19/2021 | Mens Basketball vs. No. 3 Faith Baptist Bible College | W, 93-70 
2/19/2021 | Womens Basketball vs. No. 7 Central Christian College of the Bible | W, 64-57