LINDSBORG — The Bethany College men were halfway home to an upset of nationally ranked basketball power Tabor College on Thursday at Hahn Gym.
But they couldn’t make it all the way home.
The Bluejays, ranked No. 20 in the country, remained perfect in the KCAC with a huge second half in a 91-87 victory.
Bethany sprinted to a double-digit halftime lead, 47-36, but Tabor upped its game in the second half and the Swedes couldn’t match it.
Bethany is now 0-3 in the KCAC after being mentioned heavily in the preseason conference championship talk.
Gary Jones scored 24 points to lead the Swedes and Larry McLin added 21. Bethany continues to play without All-America candidate Cody Harris, out with an injured ankle, and June Johnson, who is still serving an eight-game suspension.
All-America candidate Lance Carter topped Tabor with 21 points, while D’Marco Smith and Malik Brooks added 17. The Jays are now 4-0 in the KCAC, a half-game up on Southwestern, which had the bye on Thursday.
The Swedes, 3-6 overall, make the long trip to Bartlesville, Okla., on Saturday to take on Oklahoma Wesleyan.
• TABOR WOMEN 68, BETHANY 46 — The Bluejays are still perfect in the KCAC and the Swedes are still winless.
Bethany fell to 0-3 in conference play and 3-6 overall as Tabor pretty much had its way as it showed why it’s ranked No. 21 in the nation. It is 4-0 in conference play and now alone at the top.
Smoky Valley product Kimi Lindshield scored 14 points to lead the Swedes, whose top scorer Adriane Davis was limited to six. Mallory Zuercher top Tabor with 15.
Bethany plays at Oklahoma Wesleyan on Saturday.