MCC Men Knock Off Barclay

Manhattan, KS - The MCC men's basketball team knocked off Barclay College 84-74 on Tuesday night. This meeting between the Bears and Thunder was the second matchup of the season, Barclay had defeated MCC in December in Haviland, 76-72. The game started off as a back and forth affair until about the 13 minute mark when MCC was able to stretch out their lead to 20-13. Barclay responded with a 10-2 run to take the lead at 23-22. From that point the game stayed close for the rest of the half, and a Daton Aaron three-pointer in the closing seconds of the first half knotted the game at 42 at the break. Gabe Awbrey had a very strong first half for MCC as he connected for 20 points to lead MCC.

After the break MCC struggled from the field only connecting on one field goal for the first seven minutes of the second half, the offensive struggles of the Thunder allowed the Bears to open up lead that would expand to 58-49 with just over ten minutes remaining in the game. MCC finally was able to generate some offense and went on a run to tie the score at 58 with just over nine minutes remaining. With the score tied at 69 Nate Awbrey hit a three-pointer that would give MCC a lead that they would not relinquish. Two Logan Larue free throws and another Nate Awbrey three gave MCC a 77-79 lead with just under three minutes remaining and from there MCC would hold on for the win.

"We struggled tonight to get a solid rhythm tonight on the offense. We had some players step up, but we did not play our best. Barclay always plays so hard so I am sure that had a lot do with our performance. Hopefully we can get a little more consistency back this weekend," commented Coach Condra. Nate and Gabe Awbrey led MCC with 24 points each, and Nate pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds while Gabe grabbed 11 boards. Alex Mitura chipped in with 12 points and Antonio Anderson came off the bench to score 10 points for the Thunder

MCC will be back at home this weekend as they host Arlington Baptist University on Friday and Dallas Christian College on Saturday.

MCC Scoreboard

2/22/2019 | Mens Basketball vs. Randall University | L, 90-74 
2/21/2019 | Mens Basketball vs. Dallas Christian College | W, 72-71 
2/16/2019 | Womens Basketball vs. Faith Baptist Bible College | W, 68-38 
2/16/2019 | Mens Basketball vs. Ozark Christian College | L, 78-77 
2/15/2019 | Womens Basketball vs. Emmaus Bible College | L, 78-49