Behind 16 points apiece from Orson Thomas and Damon Dechant, the Tabor College men's basketball team thumped non-conference visitor Peru State 93-56 Friday (Nov. 14) in Hillsboro. Dechant also had 11 rebounds—and Tabor's first double-double of the year.
The Bluejays were up by a dozen at halftime, but raised their intensity in the second half. Tabor forced 30 turnovers—17 in the second half—and shot 35-for-60 from the field.
But the game came less easily in the first half, as the Bobcats built a 6-point lead 7:05 into the game. Tabor roared back behind Aaron Whitelaw, who scored four points in six seconds to shrink the deficit to two. Brent Nelson tied it with a fast break layup, and Tabor took the lead for good on the first of back-to-back baskets by Thomas.
Jared Hett hit a 3-pointer from the deep corner with 33 seconds left in the half—and boosted the Bluejay lead to 44-32. Kyle Kroeker raised the bulge to 20 points—58-38—with a layup 5:23 out of intermission. Seth Hardiman upped it to 3, 76-46, with a foul shot with 6:04 to go, and the Bluejay backups—led by Conner Hampton—extended the lead to 36 with 2:23 to go.
Mike Rousell scored nine points and Aaron Whitelaw had eight. Kroeker had eight steals and five assists.
Up next, the Bluejays visit Doane at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tabor plays at the Sterling College Classic Nov. 21-22.