Wichita, KS - On Saturday the men's basketball team
took on conference opponent McPherson College. The Falcons started off slow but
within a few minutes they found their stride by knocking down shots and getting
a few defensive stops. At one point in the first half, the Falcons were winning
by 15 points against the Bulldogs, with a score of 27 to 12. Although the
Falcons only shot 34.1% from the field they forced the Bulldogs to have 11 turnovers.
a timeout to regroup and then begin to battle back. Freshman guard Samson
Shivers was the catalyst to this come back. Shivers was for 4 for 8 from the
field, 3 for 7 from the three point arc, and lead all scorers with 11 points at
the end of the first half. The Falcons were able to hold onto their lead and go
into halftime leading 36 to 32 over McPherson. Senior Chris Jackson and junior
Drew Jones led the way for the Falcons with nine points apiece.
the second half setting the tone of getting good quality shots on the inside.
Mike Hyde and John Bridges went to work on the interior by crashing the boards
and earning trips to the free throw line. Even with these points from Hyde and
Bridges the Falcons had fallen behind by 1 point with 11:41 left in the game.
For the next four minutes, each team traded baskets and with 6:57 left the
score was McPherson 51 and Friends 46.
With 3:15 left in the game the score was now McPherson 59 and Friends 53
with both teams in the double bonus for fouls.
The Falcons decided
to go back to their interior game and get the ball into Bridges gets fouled on
a shot, makes the shot, and sinks the free throw. The Falcons are now down by
three with 2:30 left in the game. The Friends defense stops McPherson from scoring
on the next trip. Chris Jackson drives to the hoop and gets fouled which earns
him a trip to the free throw line. Jackson goes one for two from the line and
the score is 57 - 59 Bulldogs still with the lead. The Bulldogs inbound and
bring the ball up the court but the Friends defense digs in deep and gets
another stop. With 46 seconds left, the Falcons are still down by two. Friends
University inbounds the ball, brings it across half court, and calls a timeout.
Timeout over, Falcons inbound the ball and try to set up the play; McPherson
hinders the play by their on ball defense. The Falcons get up a long jumper
which does not fall. Final score Friends 57 and McPherson 59.
for Friends were seniors Chris Jackson with 14 and Nick O'Nelio with 10. Drew
Jones nearly had a double-double with nine points and eight boards. Leading
scorer for the Bulldogs was Shivers with 16 points.
University falls to 1-3 in the KCAC and 4-9 overall. Next game for the Falcons
will be against non-conference opponent Southwestern Christian University. That
game is a part of the Bethel Classic and tipoff is scheduled for 1pm on December
31. The following day, January 1, Friends will take on another non-conference
opponent, Concordia University. The New Year's Day game is also scheduled for a