Tabor drops two at Southwestern

Tabor dropped two games at Southwestern Saturday. The Bluejay women lost to the ninth-ranked Moundbuilders, 66-63. The Tabor men lost, 76-67.Nikki Lewis shoots for two late in the first half at Southwestern. Lewis led all scorers with 20 points.

WOMEN?Tabor had a chance to upset a Moundbuilder team still unbeaten in KCAC play, but the effort fell short by three points.

Southwestern claimed an early lead and enjoyed a 19-12 advantage with 9:15 left in the first half. But Tabor rallied and tied the game at 21 when Mallory Zuercher drained a three-pointer at 6:59. Tabor took its first lead, 26-25, and led the remainder of the half. Nikki Lewis capped first-half scoring with a basket that gave Tabor a 32-27 lead at intermission.

Tonisha Dean opened the second quarter with a basket that gave the Bluejays their largest lead of the night. But Southwestern outscored Tabor 15-8 after that to tie the game at 42 with 13:27 left in the game.

After the Moundbuilders took a two-point lead, Tabor regained it with a three-point play by Lewis, a basket by Zuercher and a Dean three-pointer that put Tabor up 50-44 with 9:30 to play. Tabor led, 52-46, with 8:14 to go, but a burst of 15 unanswered points by Southwestern when Tabor shots refused to fall left the Bluejays trailing, 61-52, with 3:42 left in the game.

Zuercher and Lewis each hit a three-pointer to bring Tabor within 64-60, and Lewis hit another three at 1:29 for the final 66-63 margin. After a Southwestern shot missed its mark, Tabor could not get a good look at the basket and Lewis? desperation attempt at a tying three-pointer was blocked at the buzzer.

Lewis led all scorers with 20 points. Zuercher added 13 and Dean 12. Andrew Thomas makes a basket to bring Tabor within 63-51 during the second half Saturday. Thomas scored 12 points for the Bluejays.

MEN?Tabor lost to Southwestern, 76-67, in a game the Bluejays never led. The Moundbuilders burst out of the gate to lead, 10-2, at the 16:52 mark. Southwestern extended that lead to 16-5, and the teams traded scores until a 9-0 Moundbuilder run extended the lead to 29-11.

Lance Carter answered with a three-point play that ignited an 11-0 Bluejay run to close the gap to single digits. Nick Sauer ended first half scoring with a three-pointer for a 36-27 Moundbuilder advantage.

The Bluejays twice drew within seven points, the second time at 46-39 after Carter made a basket. From there, Southwestern scored six straight points before Marc Hopkinson and Andrew Thomas made back-to-back baskets.

Tabor never could gain the upper hand, and Southwestern led by as many as 14, 65-51, with 3:48 to play. The Bluejays cut the lead to 67-59 when Smith followed a Thomas dunk with a basket. Biggs later made a three-pointer to again bring Tabor within eight, 70-62, with 57.3 seconds left. But the deficit was too much to overcome, and Tabor trailed by nine when time expired.

Carter led with 15 points. Thomas added 12, Hopkinson 11 and Smith 10.

COMING?Tabor will travel to University of Saint Mary Thursday. The women are scheduled to play at 6 p.m., and the men will play at 8 p.m.

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