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Hot Shooting Crusaders knock off Grace University

The Manhattan Christian College men's basketball team put on strong shooting display from beyond the arc in the first half Tuesday night and that propelled the team on their way to defeating Grace University 96-75.  MCC connected on 11 of 15 three-point attempts in the first half on their way to a 56-44 halftime lead.  Josh Camacho and Sage Ruis connected on four apiece and Lonnie Penner hit three.  MCC shot 58.6% from the field for the first half.  With the hot shooting MCC was able to open up a 47-27 lead, however Grace wouldn't go away and they went on a 14-3 run of their own to cut the deficit to 50-41 with about three minutes left in the half.  Camacho gave MCC momentum heading into the locker as he knocked down a three at the halftime buzzer.

In the second half MCC cooled off slightly hitting only 2 of 5 three-pointers, but they hit 54.2% from the field in the second stanza, on their way to shooting 56.6% for the game.  Early in the second half MCC was able to stretch the lead to eighteen points and from there on MCC kept Grace at bay for the remainder of the evening.  Camacho and Penner both finished the night with 23 points, while Ruis added 20 points.  Camacho and Jack Mitchell handed out 6 assists apiece and Penner led MCC on the glass with 7 rebounds.
MCC improves to 17-9 on the season and they are 5-1 in NCCAA Central Region play with two more  Regional games this weekend.  Friday MCC takes on Central Bible College, who gave MCC its only regional loss this year, at 7:30pm.  On Saturday MCC takes on Baptist Bible College at 4:00pm in their final home game of the regular season.