Tabor keeps KCAC win streak intact with sweep of Friends

The Tabor College basketball teams kept their conference win streaks alive with a pair of victories over Friends Tuesday. Both Bluejay squads remain undefeated at 3-0 in KCAC play.Morgan Ediger drives into the lane and looks to shoot for two during the second quarter against Friends.

Women?Tabor made more than half of its shots from the floor in an 82-64 victory over Friends Tuesday. The Bluejays shot just over 54 percent from the field in the game (32-59) while limiting the visiting Falcons to just less than 34 percent (20-59). The win gave coach Shawn Reed his first regular-season victory over Friends in his Tabor career.

The Bluejays burst out of the gate with six unanswered points and ended the first quarter with a string of six points to enjoy a 19-9 lead at the end of the period after Mallory Zuercher made a last-second basket.

Friends closed the gap to 23-17 with back-to-back three-pointers, but Tabor regained a double-digit advantage, 29-19, when Taylor Hurd scored with 5:26 left in the half. Tabor later enjoyed an 8-0 run, during which Amber Bonham and Kayla Wilgers drained consecutive threes, and the Bluejays built a 39-27 lead by halftime.

Jurnee Reid draws a foul during the third quarter against Friends. She made one of two charity shots to give Tabor a 52-36 lead. Tabor maintained its double-digit margin through the third quarter to lead, 54-37 heading into the final break. The fourth quarter saw an increase in scoring, with Tabor holding a slight advantage, 28-27. In the end, the Bluejays cruised to the 18-point win.

Zuercher led all scorers with 15 points. Kaleigh Troxell and Morgan Ediger each added 11. Jurnee Reid grabbed 10 rebounds to go with her eight points.

Men?Tabor improved to 9-0 on the season, 3-0 in conference play with an 84-72 victory over Friends. The Bluejays shot 58 percent from the field in the game (29-50). Tabor went to the free-throw line 32 times where the Bluejays made 21 charity shots (65.6 percent).

Friends made six of 11 shots from behind the arc in the first half (54.5 percent). Three of those treys came in a two-minute span, thanks in part to back-to-back Tabor turnovers, giving Friends the early lead, 11-7.

D?Marco Smith scores off a turnover to give Tabor an early, 4-2, lead over Friends. Smith led all scorers with 23 points.

The teams locked heads at 14 midway through the half, but then Tabor fell behind again by as many as five points. With Tabor trailing, 28-23, Tullio Parry and D?Marco Smith scored the Bluejays? next eight points, closing the gap to 32-31 with 2:14 left in the half. Tabor trailed, 38-37, at halftime.

With Tabor trailing, 44-43, D?Marco Smith and Malik Brooks drained back-to-back three-pointers to ignite a 12-0 Bluejay run that put Tabor firmly in front, 55-44, when Smith scored off a turnover at 14:15.

Friends later used a 6-0 run to draw within 70-65, but that was as close as the Falcons got. Tabor scored five unanswered points in the final 20 seconds to bring the final margin to double-digits.

Smith led all scorers with 23 points. Lance Carter added 16 points and Brooks 12.

Alan Urrutia scores to bring Tabor within 34-33 late in the first half against Friends.Coming?The Tabor men will play an exhibition game at Oral Roberts Wednesday. They will participate in the Dordt Classic Friday and Saturday. Both teams resume conference play Dec. 3 at Bethany.

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