Tabor College bounced back Saturday from a disappointing performance against Bethel two days earlier with a 75-72 overtime win at McPherson College.
The game saw nine lead changes, three ties and a McPherson 13-point lead before the Bluejays secured the win.
Tabor came out shooting well, with a 10-3 run fueled by two three-point baskets from freshman Samson Shivers.
The Bluejays fought back from two double-digit deficits in the first half to hold a 35-34 lead at intermission.
In the first half, Tabor forced 15 Bulldog turnovers and also out-rebounded the home team, 16-14. Tabor cashed in 16 points off turnovers and scored on 31 percent of its offensive rebounds. McPherson put back only 9 percent of its offensive boards.
In the second half, the Bluejays used an early six-point push to take the lead. Dylan Clark-Kaneable contributed four points.
McPherson fought back with key shots from Jordan Crawford, both at the free-throw line and one basket behind the arc.
The Bulldogs led for most of the last 10 minutes of the second half. Tabor crawled back in by attacking the basket and drawing fouls, which led to key free throws down the stretch.
Tabor?s new transfer guard, Kyle Wallace, sunk an off-balance three-point shot with 16 seconds to tie the game. The Bluejays then kept McPherson from scoring to force overtime.
The Bluejays started the extra period with baskets from Clark-Kaneable and Lawson Kingsley.
Shivers responded for McPherson by draining a three-pointer while getting fouled. He converted the free-throw to make it a one-point game.
Tabor controlled the ball well for the rest of the period and hit key free-throws to claim the victory.
Bethel?Tabor went into Thursday night?s game tied for the conference lead, but fell a game back with a 46-40 loss to the Bethel College Threshers.
Tabor led the entire first half by as much as eight points in the low-scoring affair, but Bethel kept Tabor from pulling away.
The Bluejays were led in scoring at the half by Phillip Jimenez, who chipped in seven points while Curtis Dick and Lawson Kingsley each had four.
The bottom fell out for Tabor shooting in the second half, managing 17 percent from the floor and missing all eight three-point attempts.
The Threshers began the second half on a 10-0 run led by four points from Matt Regier. Tabor guard Kingsley was assessed a technical foul after a foul was called on Bethel near mid-court. Thresher guard Alonzo Haywood sunk both free- throws after the call.
Bethel appeared to take control of the second half with baskets by Regier and guard Lee Griffin. But the Bluejays fought back until Regier sunk a bonus free-throw following a made basket and foul by Ryan Chippeaux.
Tabor?s poor shooting prevented the Bluejays from making a run as Bethel hit free throws late in the game to seal the victory.
Jimenez and Aaron Magee each led the Bluejays with seven points each.
Coming?Tabor (4-2 KCAC, 10-5) travels to Winfield Thursday for an 8 p.m. game against Southwestern (2-4, 10-5). The Bluejays return home to play Friends (2-4, 5-12) at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Tabor College out-defended McPherson College on its way to a gritty 49-44 victory Saturday, for the Bluejays? second win of the week.
Early in the game, baskets were tough to come by for the Bluejays. McPher?son launched a 10-2 run in the opening nine minutes.
But Tabor rallied to take its first lead of the game at the 3:18 mark on Whitney Polosky?s second basket of the first half.
The Bluejay defense held McPherson to four baskets in the final 11 minutes of the first half while going on a 21-9 run.
The second half began the same way the first half did for Tabor, with McPherson outscoring the Bluejays 11-7 over the first 10 minutes.
The Bluejays struggled at the free-throw line, too, making 11 of 22 for the game and 10 of 21 in the second half.
Tabor trailed for much of the second half until Gina Hullet gave the Bluejays the final lead change with 3:00 minutes to go.
Tabor avoided overtime when McPherson?s Kristen Ozbun put up a three-point shot that did everything but go through the hoop with less than five seconds to play.
Hullet was fouled with less than a second to go and sunk two free throws to ice the victory.
Katlyn Mary scored 12 points to lead Tabor, followed by Hullet?s 11 points.
With the win the Bluejays improved to 3-3 in conference play and 6-10 overall.
Bethel?A battle-tested Bluejay squad came out strong on the way to a 77-52 victory Thursday at Bethel College.
The Bluejays took control of the game early, not allowing Bethel to score until the 16:43 mark of the first half.
Key to the win was a 29-8 first-half run that began with a three-point basket by Katlyn Mary at the 14:40 in the period.
Tabor picked up 18 rebounds compared to Bethel?s 12, eight of which were on the offensive end.
Bethel struggled to find an offensive rhythm for much of the first half, but they capped it off with a 13-5 run in the final five minutes.
Tabor shot 44 percent from the field in the first half, including 6-for-9 from three-point range. Bethel shot 30 percent.
The Bluejay defense held the Threshers to 16 percent (3-19) shooting from behind the arc, and 25 percent from the floor.
Amy Jo Maphet led Tabor with 26 points, going 5-for-7 from three-point range. Mary added 16 points while pulling down a game-high nine rebounds.
Coming- The Tabor women will play at Southwestern (4-2 KCAC, 11-4 overall) at 6 p.m. Thursday in Winfield. The Jays return home Saturday to play Friends (3-3, 8-8) at 5 p.m.