Bluejays rout Peru State 93-56

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.

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