The Tabor College men rallied from a 39-27 halftime deficit to defeat Ottawa University on the Braves’ home court Saturday, 76-72.
The win evened Tabor’s season record to 8-8 and improved the Bluejays’ KCAC record to 7-3.
Julian Winton had a huge game, scoring 37 points on 11-for-18 shooting from the floor, 2-for-6 from behind the arc and 13-for-16 at the free-throw line. Jon Manjon Beristain added 11 points and Diontre Cutliff scored 10.
Titus Rice scored 16 points to lead Ottawa (7-8, 6-4 KCAC).
Oklahoma Wesleyan—Tabor stayed within six points of the Eagles through the first half, but the home team slowly pulled away in the second half for a 93-78 victory over the Bluejays in Bartlesville.
Trailing 23-24, Tabor’s Julian Winton hit a three-pointer at 6:05 to put Tabor on top, 26-24.
OWU tied the game at 29 with 5:10 left in the half. The Eagles then launched an 7-1 run for a 36-30 OWU lead with 2:50 left in the first half. By halftime the score stood at 42-36.
In the first two minutes of the second half, OWU expanded its lead from six points to 48-38 with 18:20 to go—it was OWU’s first double-digit lead.
Tabor drew to within 54-50 when Jon Manjon Beristain scored in the paint with 15:38 to play.
But OWU slowly pulled away to a 13-point lead, 70-57, with 10:27 to play. OWU’s biggest lead came in the final minute at 96-76.
The loss dropped Tabor’s record to 7-8 overall and 6-3 in the KCAC. The Eagles improved to 12-5 and 4-4.
Winton finished with a team-high 26 points on 11-for-22 shooting from the floor, including two of three shots from behind the arc. Beristain added 15 points and DeShun Patterson 13. As a team, Tabor shot 50 percent from the floor (31-62).
Coming—Tabor’s next three games will be played on the home court. On Jan. 10, Kansas Wesleyan University comes to town for a 6 p.m. game, Southwestern College will play Tabor at 5 p.m. Jan. 13, followed by York College Jan. 17 with a 6 p.m. tip-off.