The Manhattan Christian College men’s basketball team swept a pair of home games over the weekend to improve to 13-9.
MCC defeated Grace University, 82-68 on Friday night. The Crusaders entered the game ranked 11th in the latest NCCAA II poll, while Grace was ranked No. 13.
The Crusaders got off to a strong start and opened up a 32-16 lead. Grace wouldn’t go away and went on a 13-3 run to cut the lead to 35-29.
MCC led 41-34 at the half.
In the second half Grace closed the gap to 43-41. Grace finally took its first lead since early in the game at 63-61 with about six minutes to go.
The Crusaders answered with a 16-2 run that put the game away. The biggest play in that stretch was by Alex Hammack, who stole the inbounds and converted a three-point play to put MCC up 70-65.
Sterling Roaf led five players in double figures with 17 points. Sage Ruis added 13 points, Kevin Foster and Lonnie Penner scored 12 points and Hammack finished with 10 points.
With the win, MCC moved to 5-1 in the NCCAA Central Region, which puts it atop the region with a one-game lead over Grace.
MCC defeated Nebraska Christian College, 82-50 on Saturday afternoon.
The Crusaders had a balanced attack as 13 players got into the scoring column, led by Hammack who scored 18 points, while going 8-8 from the field. Ruis was the only other player to reach double figures, scoring 14 points, while shooting 4-5 from the 3-point line.
With the victory against Nebraska, MCC moved to 8-0 in the Midwest Christian College Conference, which has it in first place with four games remaining in conference play.
MCC will be back in action this week as it goes on the road Tuesday to take on Union College in Lincoln, Neb., in a nonconference matchup.