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|McPherson (Kan.) 11-15, 5-13 KCAC||26||39||65|
|Friends (Kan.) 15-10, 11-6 KCAC||24||44||68|
|Feb. 4, 2017|
|McPherson (Kan.)||Indv. Leaders||Friends (Kan.)|
|#4 Aaron Bachura - 23||Points||#4 Jordan Murdock - 25|
|#0 DeAndre Henson - 7||Rebounds||#4 Jordan Murdock - 9|
|#0 DeAndre Henson - 3||Assists||#10 Kyler Steadman - 3|
|McPherson (Kan.)||Team Statistics||Friends (Kan.)|
|47.2% (25 - 53)||Field Goals %||54.3% (25 - 46)|
|28.6% (6 - 21)||3 Point Field Goals %||30% (3 - 10)|
|50% (9 - 18)||Free Throws||75% (15 - 20)|
|9||2nd Chance Pts||4|
WICHITA, Kan. - The Friends University Men's Basketball team once again found themselves down double-digits to McPherson College this season on Saturday night. Trailing by 11 with just over eight minutes remaining, the Falcons once again completed the comeback, winning 68-65 inside the Garvey P.E. Center.
Friends (15-10, 11-6 KCAC) held the Bulldog scoreless for the first five minutes of the game, but managed just a Toby Baxter (SR/Wichita, Kan.) three and a pair of free throws by Jordan Murdock (SO/Wichita, Kan.) in that time. After ties at 10-10 and 12-12, McPherson (11-15, 5-13 KCAC) scored seven straight as the Falcons went 0-5 from the field and turned the ball over once during the four minute stretch.
The Falcons closed to within two multiple times, including the halftime score of 26-24 with Murdock and Kyler Steadman (SR/Derby, Kan.) providing a bulk of the offense. Murdock led all players with 10 points at the break, but Friends shot just 36.4% (8-22) from the field.
The teams tied twice more in the first 80 seconds out of the locker room before a Murdock layup and a put back by Kaleb Ratliff (SR/New Iberia, La.), returning to game action for the first time since December 8th, put Friends up 32-28. The Bulldogs followed with five straight points and the first of five lead changes over the next minute and a half.
Steadman tied the game up 40-40 with an old-fashioned 3-point play with 13:13 remaining, but McPherson hit back-to-back threes sandwiched around a shot clock violation to go up by six. The Bulldogs would increase their lead to the biggest of the game at 55-44 with 8:17 remaining before Friends began their comeback.
It was Steadman with another 3-point play to start things off, followed by two free throws by Murdock. After a McPherson jumper, Baxter and Malik Morris scored in the paint and Murdock added another from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs got a point back at the line, but Murdock tied it up 62-62 with a deep triple from about six feet beyond the arc with 2:20 left in the contest.
Murdock made his presence known at the defensive end right after, drawing a charge to give the Falcons the ball back with under two minutes to play. Steadman put Friends up for good with a wide-open layup off a great pass from Ratliff, and Baxter followed with a jumper in the lane after McPherson missed a three.
The Bulldogs had the ball trailing by three with under 10 seconds remaining, but their shot just inside half court at the buzzer was off-target.
Murdock had a game-high 25 points, with Steadman getting to 20 points as well. Baxter added in 15 as the trio combined for 60 of the Falcon's 68 points.
Friends shot 70.8% in the second half (17-24).
The Falcons will play their make-up game against Oklahoma Wesleyan on Monday, February 6th when they travel to Bartlesville. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30pm after the women's contest.