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Thursday, April 17, 2014

McPherson College men fall in NAIA II semifinals

By TONY ADAME
The Wichita Eagle

The McPherson College men’s basketball season saw their history-making season come to an end on Monday night at Point Lookout, Mo., falling to No. 1 Northwood (Fla.) 76-56 in front of a crowd of 3,000 at the NAIA Division II semifinals.

It was the first national semifinal appearance for the Bulldogs (33-4), who set a school record for victories.

“Obviously I’m biased, but I believe this is the greatest team in McPherson history,” McPherson coach Tim Swartzendruber said in a phone interview. “As years go by, I think people will realize how special this season was.”

Against Northwood, No. 5 McPherson trailed 37-25 and wasn’t able to cut the lead to single digits in the second half. Senior guard Jonathan Dunn led Northwood with 31 points.

KCAC player of the year and McPherson native Aaron Frazier led the Bulldogs with 17 points. Another pair of McPherson natives — brothers Jordan and Chris Crawford — added 10 points each.

“Northwood doesn’t just have great size for this level, but they’re also great basketball players,” Swartzendruber said. “I told our guys after the game that they need to keep their heads up. It was unreal how many people we had come down here to support us. When we came out and saw that … it was just amazing.”

McPHERSON (33-4): Reinhardt 1-1 0-0 2, J. Crawford 4-11 2-4 10, Frazier 4-10 7-8 17, Atwater 1-2 0-0 2, Shivers 1-9 0-0 2, C. Crawford 3-10 3-4 10, Powers 0-0 0-0 0, Woods 0-1 0-0 0, Bruner 1-4 1-4 3, Miller 3-3 0-0 8, Hewitt 1-4 0-0 2, Dunback 0-0 0-0 0, Bevan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-56 13-20 56.

NORTHWOOD (34-3): Doumbe 6-10 1-2 15, Hostmann 3-9 1-1 7, Agne 2-5 0-0 6, Davis 3-4 0-0 8, Dunn 10-18 9-10 31, Keeton 2-5 0-0 5, Parks 0-0 0-0 0, Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0, Lockhart 1-1 0-0 2, Derland 1-1 0-0 2, Doroshkov 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-53 11-13 76.

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