Tabor men fall to Walsh at NAIA

Seventh-seeded Walsh University (Ohio) slipped

past unseeded Tabor College, 68-62, in the first round of the 14th Annual NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship on Thursday.

The 2005 event is being held at Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks (Mo.).

Walsh took the early lead, fueled by University of Cincinnati transfer Robert Whaley, who had 13 points, five rebounds, and three blocked shots.

Tabor battled back to take a brief, one-point lead before

falling behind by five (32-27) at the half. Tabor was led by Martin de Boer’s eight first-half points.

The second half saw Walsh increase its lead to as many as 14 points. The Bluejays clawed back to within five in the closing minutes, but could get no closer down the stretch.

Whaley led the Cavaliers with 24 points, eight rebounds, and six blocked shots. Jason Hicks was the only other Cav in double figures with 11 points. Corey Jones added nine points and led the team with

four assists.

Walsh struggled to convert just 17-of-31 free throws, but overcame that with a strong 5-of-12 performance from long range.

Three Tabor players scored in double digits, led by Grant Brubacher’s 13 poinyd. Brad Gattis and Martin de Boer each scored 12. Gattis and Brubacher each pulled down seven rebounds to lead the team.

The Bluejays struggled from the field, converting just 36 percent of their shots.

This is Tabor’s seventh national tournament appearance. They finish the season with a 20-10 record.

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