The Manhattan Christian College men’s basketball team dropped a home game on Saturday to Kansas Wesleyan University, 91-85.
MCC came out on fire in the opening minutes of the game, scoring the game’s first 11 points. MCC was able to maintain the lead, but KWU wouldn’t go away and was able to continually trim the margin to stay in the game.
In the second half, KWU shot 65 percent from the field, and took its first lead of the game at 41-40. KWU was able to stretch the lead out to as many as eight points, but MCC was able to answer each time and keep the game close.
Lonnie Penner knocked down a late 3-pointer to give MCC a 82-80 lead, but KWU wouldn’t be denied as it answered with an 8-1 run to put the game away.
Canon Fields was too much for MCC to handle as he scored 37 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
Jack Mitchell led the way for MCC with 19 points, while Penner and Sage Ruis each scored 18 points for the Crusaders.
MCC is now 1-2 on the season and will return to action on Tuesday when it travels to McPherson to take on Central Christian College.