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OU men's victory sets up showdown

By The Herald Staff | 2/18/2014

McPHERSON — The Ottawa University men set up a chance for the sixth seed in next week’s postseason tournament with a 91-88 win Saturday over McPherson in McPherson.

Ottawa snapped a two-game losing streak and swept the season series with the Bulldogs, who dropped a game behind Ottawa and Southwestern.

McPHERSON — The Ottawa University men set up a chance for the sixth seed in next week’s postseason tournament with a 91-88 win Saturday over McPherson in McPherson.

Ottawa snapped a two-game losing streak and swept the season series with the Bulldogs, who dropped a game behind Ottawa and Southwestern.

Ottawa plays Thursday at home against Southwestern with the winner taking a one-game lead for sixth. An Ottawa win would secure the No. 6 seed as the Braves would sweep the season series with the Moundbuilders.

The Lady Braves will be the fourth seed after their 70-60 loss to McPherson. Ottawa is a full two games behind third-place Tabor and the Lady Bluejays swept Ottawa. The Lady Braves are two games ahead of fifth-place Kansas Wesleyan with two games remaining.

The Braves had to hang on for the victory. McPherson rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final 3:23. Ottawa led 86-75.

McPherson came within 88-85 with 38 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs were within 90-88 with 17 seconds left. Colin Nichols hit a free throw with five seconds left to give Ottawa the three-point lead.

McPherson missed a three-pointer and Ottawa rebounded to sew up the victory.

Julian Rose paced the Braves (12-14, 7-9) with 24 points. Adam Hasty scored 17 points and dished out 11 assists.  

Nichols had 15 points. Jason Haase had 10 points.

The Lady Braves could not overcome a cold shooting game. Ottawa shot 29 percent from the field and was outrebounded, 46-33.

McPherson built an 18-point lead midway through the second half. Ottawa rallied within six late in the game.

The game was tied at 26-26 at halftime. Ottawa opened the second half with a trey and then was outscored 11-0. McPherson led 62-45 with 4:22 remaining.

Amber Ramsey led Ottawa with 15 points. Shauna McClure finished with 12.

Ottawa (14-12, 10-6) plays 6 p.m. Thursday at home against No. 9 Southwestern (16-0), which locked up the conference title Saturday with a win over Tabor.

Men’s box

McPherson (88) — Johnson 10, Shivers 18, Johnson 14, Grant 15, Berry 2, Lakin 5, Henson 8, Woods 10, Bevan 6.

Ottawa (91) — Falk 3, Lundry 8, Adam Hasty 17, Rose 24, Newton 2, Alex Hasty 7, Haase 10, Nichols 15, Regier 5.

Women’s box

McPherson (70) — Barton 25, Gillespie 10, Brown 9, Jefferson 5, Smart 3, Atkins 10.

Ottawa (60) — Ramsey 15, Romig 9, Skidmore 9, McClure 12, Frazier 4, Thomas 5, Christman 2, Stewart 4.

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