McPherson rallies into NAIA D2 Final Four

TIM SWARTZENDRUBER

Trailing 78-71 with 51 seconds left, the McPherson College men rallied to beat Dordt 82-78 on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II national tournament at Point Lookout, Mo.

The win advances the Bulldogs to their first Final Four in school history.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” McPherson coach Tim Swartzendruber said. “Our guys were unbelievable, they never gave up.”

Trailing 78-71, the Bulldogs hit three consecutive three-pointers, with Samson Shivers’ three giving them an 80-78 lead with 14 seconds to play.

McPherson native Chris Crawford hit two free throws with two seconds left to seal the win.

“I don’t know how they did it,” Swartzendruber said. “This group is unbelievable … they just make plays.”

Jordan Crawford led McPherson with 14 points and 10 rebounds. There were three other Bulldogs in double figures – Samson Shivers (13), Adam Bruner (12), Aaron Frazier (11) and Chris Crawford (11).

McPherson plays the winner of Northwood (Fla.)-Northwest (Wash.) in one of Monday’s semifinals. The championship game is Tuesday.

Northwest is coached by former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino.

-TA