February 17, 2014
The MacMurray College men's basketball team rallied from a 7-point deficit midway through the second half and earned a hard-fought 56-54 win over Spalding University Monday night in Wall Gymnasium before a large and loud home-court crowd.
Junior center Clayton Whitlock scored all of his nine points in the second half and Paul Crowder scored five huge points in the final minutes to spark the Highlanders. Dylan Burton made one of two free throws with 3.7 seconds on the clock and the capacity crowd held their breath as Spalding's Domonique Sangester's 3-point shot from the top of the key hit the back iron and bounced away as the horn sounded.
Senior forward Brady Slagle had a game-high fifteen points and seven rebounds to pace the Highlanders and every Mac player that got in the game scored at least two points.
Brandon Gabriel led the Golden Eagles with thirteen points and Brandon Goeing added eleven points.
Coach Todd Creal's club improves to 18-5 overall and is now tied with Spalding for first place in the conference standings at 14-2 with two games left in the regular-season scheduled. Spalding falls to 16-7 overall.
The Highlanders will be at Fontbonne University on Saturday and return to Wall Gymnasium next Tuesday night for the regular-season finale against Iowa Wesleyan College.