ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY JIM PAULUS
The Tabor College men continued their inconsistent play, losing a home conference game on Saturday to Friends University, 81-65.
The Bluejays struggled to get to the free-throw line throughout the night. They only attempted eight shots from the charity stripe, while Friends connected on 20 out of 25.
Tabor was whistled for almost twice as many fouls as Friends, including two technicals.
After establishing an early lead, the Bluejays gave up a large run and fell behind by 12.
The Falcons led by seven points, fueled by Troy Dusenberry and Marcus Coleman, who had 15 and 11 points, respectively, at the break.
In the second half, Tabor quickly cut the lead to two with five straight points from Kevin Koehn, who led the team in scoring.
The Bluejays would never get closer as their inconsistency on offense resulted in a 10-minute scoring drought, managing only one field goal during this stretch.
?We have had one of those stretches in the second half in every game we have played this year,? said coach Don Brubacher. ?During these times we lose something on the defensive end and shoot the ball very quickly.?
The Falcons built their lead to 17 points before Tabor responded with a fury of 3-pointers to close the widening gap.
The Bluejays pulled within five with three minutes to go before going cold once again, leading to the loss.
Justin Taton of Friends led all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Dusenberry and Coleman added 21 and 17 points, respectively.
For Tabor, Koehn tallied 20 points and eight rebounds and Chad Premer chipped in 16.
McPherson?The KCAC?s leading scorer, Josh Alexander, from tipped in the winning bucket with one second remaining to give McPherson a 59-57 heart-stopping win over Tabor Thursday.
?We had some people miss their assignments on the last shot,? coach Don Brubacher said.
The last play was preceded by controversy.
Tied with 20 seconds remaining, Tabor went to Koehn, who drove to the basket.
After both he and his defender went to the floor, the ball went out of bounds to McPherson. No foul was called.
McPherson was led by Antonio Ford and Alexander, who scored all but 14 of the Bulldogs? points. Alexander also grabbed 14 rebounds on the night, including the game winner.
The Bluejays started slowly, shooting only 23 percent in the first half, including four of 17 from beyond the arc.
?It was a very disappointing loss for us,? Brubacher said. ?We played well enough to win for most stretches of the game.?
Koehn again led the way with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Chad Premer and Dustin Frost each scored 11 for Tabor in the contest.
Tabor?s record drops to 2-7 in conference.
The Jays will host Bethany on Thursday before traveling to Sterling this Saturday.