McPherson College making historic run at NAIA DII National Tournament


Lost in all the hullaballo surrounding the Big 12 Tournament, state high school tournaments and Selection Sunday … the McPherson College men’s team is making a historic run at the NAIA Division II Men’s Tournament in Point Lookout, Mo., continued today with a 77-58 win over Warner Pacific (Ore.) in Point Lookout, Mo.

The Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history, where they will take on Cornerstone (Mich.) today at 3 p.m.

McPherson was playing without starting point guard Trent Severs, who injured his ankle in the opening-round win over Embry Riddle.
“We felt fortunate that we could play without Trent, who is our undisputed team leader, and overcome that for a win,” McPherson coach Tim Swartzendruber said. “Warner tried to zone us and we really shot the ball well.”

Aaron Frazier led the Bulldogs with 18 points and Aaron Jackson added 15.

“At the college they’ve got a big stage set up in cafeteria. Packed, from what we hear, the whole campus is electrified by this thing,”  Swartzendruber said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

And in case you’re wondering … semifinals Monday night, championship game Tuesday.