McPherson College back in NAIA DII Elite Eight

SAMSON SHIVERS

The McPherson College men’s basketball team is back in the NAIA Division II Elite Eight for the second straight year.

The Bulldogs defeated Saint Thomas (Fla.) 86-74 today at Point Lookout, Mo., and will play Dordt (Iowa) College on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Mac’s 1st Final Four berth in school history on the line.

“Our guys have been really focused all year, but obviously we want to take another step,” McPherson coach Tim Swartzendruber said. “Our guys are just really excited. For us, it’s just a lot of excitement and we’re very proud to have the opportunity to play tomorrow.”

With McPherson and Saint Thomas tied at 52-52, The Bulldogs went on an 11-2 run behind two 3s from KCAC player of the year Aaron Frazier and never trailed again. McPherson shot 67 percent from beyond the arc in the win and hit a tournament-high 12 3s.

Frazier led the Bulldogs with 23 points and sophomore guard Samson Shivers added 19 points. Both Frazier and Shivers both hit five 3s. McPherson native Jordan Crawford chipped in with 17 points.

I thought this was an interesting side note – the Bulldogs went and volunteered time at an abused women’s shelter after their win on Friday. I spoke with Swartzendruber on the way to the shelter and he said the team would go eat after their time volunteering and then go to the hotel to break down film.

TA

 PS. I’ll be at Region VI starting Sunday through (possibly) Tuesday. I’ll post our preview here soon – focused on Butler guard Jamillah Bonner.