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MCC Wins Pair at Faith Classic

The Manhattan Christian College men's basketball team picked up two wins this weekend at the Faith Classic in Ankeny, IA.  On Friday MCC defeated Iowa Wesleyan College (NCAA III) 62-53. The Crusaders rebounded a 31-30 halftime deficit to come away with the victory.  Lonnie Penner paced MCC with 16 points, while David Frost added 9 points and Alex Hammack and Sage Ruis each chipped in with 8 points.

Saturday against Maranatha Baptist Bible College (Watertown, WI - NCAA III/NCCAA II), MCC picked up a 79-78 overtime victory.  The Crusaders jumped out to a 25-14 lead, but MCC struggled over the rest of the first half while MBBC went on a 22-8 run to take a 36-33 halftime lead.  MCC came out strong to start the second half, scoring the first eleven points to go up 44-36, but MBBC would not go away and the cut the deficit back to 45-42.  MCC was able to stretch the lead again out to 57-50, but MBBC responded with a 10-0 run to take a 60-57 with about five minutes left.  MBBC would stretch their lead out to 67-61 with just under two minutes to play.  A three-pointer by Penner and a traditional three-point play by Jack Mitchell cut the lead to 69-67 with just over a minute to play.  Trailing 71-69 with 38 seconds left MCC forced a turnover and Ruis hit Penner for a layup with seven seconds left to force overtime.  In the overtime period MCC opened a slight 76-73 with just over a minute to play, but a turnover and layup by MBBC cut the lead to 76-75.  Penner hit one of two free throws with 22 seconds left to put MCC up 77-75.  MBBC came down the floor and hit a three to go up 78-77 with seven seconds left.  MCC pushed the ball up the floor and Ruis drove to the basket and hit a leaner with one second left to give MCC the 79-78 victory.  Ruis led MCC with 18 points, Penner had 17 points and Hammack added 16 points for the victors.

MCC is now 3-5 on the season and they will be off until December 3rd when they host Barclay College the City Auditorium.