February 4, 2013
The MacMurray College men’s basketball team traveled to Louisville, Kentucky where they suffered a late season lost to Spalding University, 64-59.
MacMurray slipped to 10-11 overall with the loss and 7-5 in SLIAC play. Spalding University remained in first place in the SLIAC standings.
Spalding lead most of the first half, with their greatest cushion of eight points with just over four minutes to play in the half. MacMurray inched their way back with a couple of good layups by sophomores Spencer Pratt and Clayton Whitlock and only trailed the Golden Eagles 36-31 at the half.
The momentum was shifted back toward the host team with just over five minutes left in the second half when the Spading Eagles took a ten point advantage over the Highlanders. A turnover by Spalding allowed senior Luke Bishop to get off a three pointer closing the gap at six points with three minutes to go in the half. The Highlanders began fouling to gain back possessions, but Spalding was 4 for 4 from the free throw line in the last couple of minutes of the contest. A couple of late questionable fouls by the Highlanders left them just short of the comeback.
Sophomore Hunter Sutton, Luke Bishop, and Clayton Whitlock all ended the game with double digits in scoring. Luke Bishop grabbed eight boards in the contest while Hunter Sutton added seven.
With the loss, the Highlanders drop to fifth place in the SLIAC standings. In order to secure a post-season conference appearance, the team must win their remaining conference games. Mac will travel to Principia College on Saturday, February 9th for a 3:00pm conference game.