The Manhattan Christian College men’s basketball team went on the road on Tuesday night and picked up its ninth straight win, a come-from-behind 75-69 victory over Barclay College.
With the win, MCC moved to 11-0 in the Midwest Christian College Conference and clinched at least a share of the conference championship, marking the sixth straight year that MCC has won at least a share of the conference championship (61-4 record during that time).
The Crusaders could win the crown outright by defeating Ozark Christian College on Friday.
Barclay came out with a strong shooting performance in the first half, connecting on six 3-pointers en route to a 38-34 halftime lead.
MCC took a brief lead at 43-42 in the second half, but the Bears went back on top and stretched the lead to as large as 53-46.
Jack Mitchell came up with a key steal and conversion to cut the lead to 55-54 and then MCC was able to go ahead for good with about 3 minutes left on a steal and layup by Alex Hammack to give it a 61-60 lead.
Mitchell gave the Crusaders the cushion they needed when he connected on a 3-pointer from the corner to give MCC a 69-65 lead with about 1 minute to play.
In the final minute, Josh Camacho and Sterling Roaf combined to go 6-for-6 from the free-throw line to seal the victory for MCC.
Roaf led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Sage Ruis chipped in with 13 points, while Lonnie Penner added 12 points. MCC will close out its regular season at home Friday against Ozark Christian College at 7:30 p.m. at the City Auditorium.