The Tabor College basketball teams resumed conference play at the University of Saint Mary Thursday. Both Bluejay squads earned wins to remain undefeated in KCAC play at 8-0.
Women?Tabor never trailed en-route to a 67-46 victory over Saint Mary Thursday.
Taylor Hurd scored five of Tabor?s first seven points, including a three-pointer that gave the Bluejays a 7-2 lead early on. The Spires responded with a three-pointer before Tabor enjoyed a 7-0 run. The Bluejays led, 18-11, at the end of the first quarter.
Tabor took its first double-digit lead, 22-11, when Mallory Zuercher and Jurnee Reid scored consecutive baskets to open the second period. Saint Mary trimmed the margin to six, and later to four, 25-21, with 4:47 left in the half, but Tabor closed the half on a 7-1 run to enjoy a 32-22 advantage at intermission.
The teams played evenly through the third quarter. Kaleigh Troxell and Amber Bonham each drained a three-pointer in the first five minutes of the period, but Saint Mary narrowed the gap to 38-30 at the 4:25 mark.
Nicole Decker scored twice in succession after that, then the Spires made four free throws in a row. Tabor took a 46-36 lead into the final quarter.
The Bluejays burst to the finish with a big fourth-quarter effort. Tabor outscored the Spires 16-4 to start the period, with Jurnee Reid and Tena Loewen teaming up to score 11 points during that stretch. Tabor led, 62-40 with 3:02 to play.
The Bluejays enjoyed their largest lead, 67-43, when Hurd drained a three with less than a minute to go, and Tabor went on to win by 21.
Reid led all scorers with 14 points. Hurd added 11, and Bonham 10.
Men?After trailing by as many as 13 points, Tabor snuck out of Leavenworth with a one-point, 73-72 win over Saint Mary Thursday.
The Bluejays shot around 44 percent from the field in the game (25-57) and made 83 percent of their free throws (15-18).
The teams battled to a 29-29 halftime tie. Saint Mary led by as many as six in the first half, while Tabor led by as many as five.
The teams traded baskets to start the game. Following a 6-6 tie, Saint Mary outscored Tabor 9-3 over the next four minutes.
Tullio Parry and John Jedneak scored in succession to close the gap to 15-13, but still Tabor trailed.
With Tabor down, 22-16, the Bluejays embarked on an 11-0 run for a 27-22 advantage with 2:11 left in the half. Tabor led, 29-24, when Jedneak scored with 1:01 to play, but the Spires ended the half with a 5-0 run, including a last-second, tying three-pointer.
After Davaghndre Jones scored two baskets in succession to give Tabor a 37-36 advantage, Saint Mary used an 8-0 run to take the lead, 44-37, at the 13:40 mark. Over the next three and a half minutes, the Spires? lead grew to 13 points, 55-42.
With Saint Mary in front, 61-50, Lance Carter made a two-pointer to ignite a 9-1 run that closed the gap to 62-59 with 5:28 to play.
Following a Spire trey, Carter made four of four free throw attempts to bring Tabor within 65-63 with 3:14 to go.
Saint Mary extended its lead to 67-63, then Tullio Parry sandwiched a Carter trey with two three-pointers of his own over a one-minute span to put Tabor in front, 72-69, with 1:46 to play.
A traditional three-point play from the game?s leading scorer, Grant Greenberg, tied the game at 72.
Carter was fouled after two Tabor misses, and he made one of two charity shots at the 1:06 mark.
Jonathan Gibson blocked the Spires? next two shots and grabbed the rebound, but Tabor was whistled for a charge, giving the ball back to Saint Mary with 19 seconds left.
A Spire three-pointer and following put-back at the buzzer both missed their mark, giving Tabor the one-point victory.
Carter led the Bluejays with 21 points. Smith added 13, and Jordan Horstick 10. Greenburg led all scorers with 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Coming?Tabor will host Southwestern Saturday. The women will play at 5 p.m. The men will play at 7 p.m.
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