Saturday’s contest between McPherson and Tabor came down to the wire but missed free throws by the Bulldogs and makes by the Blue Jays gave Tabor the 64-61 win in the Sport Center.
Saturday’s contest between McPherson and Tabor came down to the wire but missed free throws by the Bulldogs and makes by the Blue Jays gave Tabor the 64-61 win in the Sport Center. It was a defensive onslaught for the first 10 minutes of the game as both D’s kept the score low. Despite holding the Blue Jays without a field goal for the first 11 minutes of the game, McPherson was unable to create a large lead, as they were only ahead 9-4 before Ryan Chippeaux’s three-ball went through the net with 9:09 showing on the clock. Tabor had hit 4-of-4 from the charity stripe prior to their first field goal. Six lead changes and three ties would ensue as both teams would hold the lead for a few possessions with the largest coming to Tabor at seven points with six minutes to go in the half. The Bulldogs would put a mini-run together and take a 26-21 lead into the locker room. The second half was an exciting one, right down to the final second. McPherson started the period with a bucket to give them their largest lead of the game at 28-21. Mac would hold the lead for the next several minutes until a 10-0 run by Tabor got them their first lead of the half which they maintained until the final five minutes. McPherson briefly took the advantage but had it taken away on the next possession. The Bulldogs got up one point after a three-ball by Shivers brought the game to 59-60 and a steal and fast break layup by Adam Bruner gave McPherson the 61-60 lead. A pair of free throws by Tabor gave the Blue Jays the lead again with 25 seconds remaining on the clock. McPherson’s Brian Johnson earned two shots on the foul line but was unable to convert with just more than 10 seconds left in regulation. Tabor would miss their bonus opportunity on the following possession but a turnover by the Bulldogs gave them another chance. This time, they converted on both, putting the score at 64-61 with three ticks on the clock. McPherson had one last chance but another turnover ended their opportunity. A 14-of-34 half from the Bulldogs improved their field goal percentage to 37.9 for the contest. A poor performance at the free throw line (6-of-11 in the second period and 15-of-23 for the game) hindered McPherson’s chances of winning the contest. Tabor vastly improved their shooting percentage in the second half thanks to a lot of shots in the paint; they hit 16-of-31 in the period but were just 1-of-7 from deep. Shivers ended the game with 19 points on 4-of-13 from the field; he also put up 13 free throw attempts, draining nine. Devirous Johnson went 5-of-10 from the floor for 10 points. Tabor’s leading scorer and rebounder Chippeaux was held to just three points and five rebounds in the first half but ended the game with 17 and 12, respectively. Robbie Samuel made 5-of-7 for 11 points; he also had eight rebounds in the Blue Jays’ win. The Bulldogs are now 5-6 overall and 0-2 in the conference. McPherson will look to grab their first KCAC win of the 2012-13 season Thursday when they travel to play Ottawa University at 8 p.m. McPherson — Shivers 4 9-13 19; Johnson, D. 5 0-0 10; Hill 4 0-0 8; Reinhardt 1 2-2 4; Johnson, B. 3 2-6 8; Bruner 2 2-2 6; Hewitt 3 0-0 6. Tabor — Chippeaux 7 2-2 17; Samuel 5 1-2 11; Sauer 3 3-5 10; Nemit 2 1-1 6; Jackson 3 1-1 8; Butler 0 5-5 5; Malan 1 1-2 3; LeBlanc 0 2-2 2; Janzen 1 0-0 2.