Tabor splits games at Kansas Wesleyan

The Tabor basketball teams split their games at Kansas Wesleyan Saturday. The Bluejay women opened with a 57-46 victory, but the Tabor men fell to the Coyotes, 92-72.

WOMEN?Tabor led from start to finish in its 57-46 victory over Kansas Wesleyan Saturday.

The Bluejays jumped to an early 7-0 lead and never looked back. Tabor increased its lead to double figures, 19-7, after Janelle Rust drained a three-pointer with 9:58 left in the first half.

The Coyotes narrowed the gap to 21-15 at 4:07, but Rust answered with another three-pointer. Rust scored again at 1:03 to ignite a 7-0 Tabor run to increase the Bluejays? lead to 31-16 by halftime.

Although Kansas Wesleyan managed to outscore Tabor in the second half, 30-26, the effort was not enough.

Tabor led 35-19 after a Tena Loewen free throw at 17:08, but Kansas Wesleyan surged 8-0 after that to narrow the gap to 35-27 with 11:59 to play.

Loewen made a basket eight seconds later to push Tabor?s lead back to 10, and the Bluejays maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.

Rust led the Tabor attack with a game-high 17 points. She completed the double-double performance by grabbing 10 rebounds. Loewen added 13 points.

MEN?Tabor hung with the Coyotes the majority of the first half Saturday before falling behind by double-figures in the second half and losing, 92-72, in the end.

Lance Carter made the game?s first basket, but the Coyotes scored twice to take a 4-2 lead. Dewayne Biggs tied the game at 4 with a basket, and Andrew Thomas scored a free throw and a basket to give Tabor a 7-4 lead.

The Bluejays used a 7-2 surge to build a 14-6 lead after JT Nemit made a three-pointer with 12:58 left in the first half. Kansas Wesleyan cut Tabor?s lead to 14-11 before Nemit cashed in two free throws. The teams traded baskets until the Coyotes tied the game at 20. Robbie Samuel scored a basket that gave Tabor its final lead, 22-20, and although the score was tied twice more after that, Tabor could not regain the lead.

Twice Tabor drew within one of the Coyotes, the final time being 35-34, when Biggs scored at 1:54. Kansas Wesleyan then outscored Tabor 9-2 with three three-pointers to end the half with a 44-36 lead.

Back-to-back Coyote three-pointers to open the second half sealed a double-digit Kansas Wesleyan lead the rest of the way. Nick Sauer drained a three-pointer and Samuel followed with a basket for a 56-43 score, but four Coyote three-pointers in a span of 3:17 left Tabor trailing, 68-45.

The closest Tabor ever got after that was within 18 points, and the Coyotes led by 20 when time expired.

The Coyotes shot 72.7 percent from behind the arc in the second half (8-11) for a total of 53.8 percent for the game (14-26).

Dewayne Biggs led Tabor with 17 points. Andrew Thomas added 13.

COMING?Tabor will host Bethany Wednesday. The women play at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.

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