The Manhattan Christian College men’s basketball team went on the road Tuesday to Winfield to take on Southwestern College and dropped a hard fought game 91-82 in overtime.
The game started off as a back-and-forth affair seeing both teams take small leads until with about 5 minutes left in the half Southwestern opened up an eight-point margin.
But the Crusaders closed out the first half on an 8-2 run to cut the halftime deficit to 42-40.
In the second half, the game remained close until Southwestern connected on three straight 3-pointers for a 69-62 lead. Following an MCC timeout, the Crusaders went on an 8-2 run to trim the lead to 72-70.
MCC found itself down 78-75 with 20 seconds left and with the ball as Lonnie Penner stepped up and nailed a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left to tie the game at 78.
The Crusaders were able get a stop on the final possession and force overtime.
In the overtime period, MCC went cold while Southwestern was able to get itself to the free throw line and finished MCC off from there.
MCC struggled on the glass all night, giving up 20 offensive rebounds, while the hosts were also able to get to the line 44 times. The Crusaders only attempted 17 free throws.
Penner led the way for MCC with 20 points, connecting on 5-of-8 3-pointers. Josh Camacho scored 14 points and Sage Ruis added 12 points.
MCC will have its home opener Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. as the Crusaders take on Union College from Lincoln, Neb