The Tabor College men’s basketball team split two games at the Sterling Classic last weekend.
Tabor suffered an 87-86 loss to Morningside Friday. The Bluejays tied the game at 86 when Julian Winton made a two-pointer with 8 seconds left in the game. But a Bluejay foul sent the Mustangs to the charity stripe, where the second of two free-throws hit its mark to give Morningside the one-point win.
In a seven-minute stretch, Tabor turned a 31-24 deficit into a 49-39 lead to enjoy its largest lead when Kyle Baker made a two-pointer with 59 seconds left in the first half.
But the Mustangs narrowed the gap to 49-44 at halftime. Lance Carter scored 14 of his team-high 22 points in the first half.
After halftime, Tabor maintained the lead for more than 13 minutes. The game was tied twice during that time. Morningside took a 78-76 lead with 5:44 to play, and the game remained within three points the rest of the way.
Davaghndre Jones and Winton joined Carter as double-digit scorers with 17 points each.
Tabor defeated Johnson & Wales Saturday, 78-57.
The Bluejays turned a 4-2 deficit into a 10-4 lead and never trailed again en-route to the 21-point win.
Tabor led, 34-23, at halftime, and extended its lead in the second half by outscoring the Wildcats, 44-34.
The Bluejays shot 46 percent from the field (25-for-54), compared with 31 percent for the Wildcats (21-for-68). Tabor made 83 percent of its free-throws (20-for-24).
Four Bluejays scored in double figures: Davaghndre Jones led all scorers with 15 points. Lance Carter scored 11, and Julian Winton and Kyle Baker each scored 10. Jonathan Gibson grabbed 10 rebounds to add to his eight points.
Coming—Tabor (1-3) will kick off conference play by hosting Bethel (6-0) Thursday at 8 p.m. The Bluejays will travel to Sterling (1-3) Saturday for a 7 p.m. game.