Tabor men battle Division 1 and 2 opponents

The Tabor College men?s basketball team finished its second week of the season with a 1-2 record, including an 81-58 victory over Haskell Indian Nations University Nov. 15 and losses to Division 1 Northern Colorado 93-52 on Friday and Division 2 Colorado School of Mines 87-69 on Saturday.

The games against Northern Colorado and Colorado School of Mines were exhibition games and did not count toward the Bluejays? 2-1 season record.

Against Haskell, Tabor never trailed, opening the game with a 13-2 surge. The Indians made a run to cut the lead to single digits, but the home team went on a 14-2 surge to head into the locker room with a 38-18 advantage.

Haskell pulled to within 12 points in the second half, but a 24-10 run by Tabor over the next nine minutes broke open the ballgame. The Bluejays led 72-46 at one point.

Curtis Dick came off the bench to pace the Bluejays with 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting.

Against Northern Colorado in Greeley, Tabor found itself down 32-4 with five minutes left in the first half. But the Bluejays scored nine points before the break, to trail 49-13.

Tabor improved on its 5-for-22 shooting performance to stay with the Bears in the second half.

Northern Colorado outscored Tabor only 44-39 in the second half as Tabor shot 53.9 percent overall and went 4-for-8 from behind the arc.

Lawson Kingsley led Tabor with 11 points. Damon Dechant added 10 points, Phillip Jimenez nine and Ryan Chippeaux seven.

The Bluejays turned around the next day to play Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

Tabor shot better at 28-for-66 with only five turnovers against the Orediggers.

Tabor was outrebounded 39-29.

Dechant led the Blueays with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Jimenez scored 13.

Coming?Tabor (2-1) will compete in the Sterling College Classic on Friday and Saturday, tipping off against Union College at 4 p.m. Friday and Bellevue University 4 p.m. Saturday.

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