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Scorebook Error Helps Tabor Men Defeat KWU

Mike Hammett - December 5, 2013 10:03 pm

In Chris Fear’s quest to build Kansas Wesleyan’s men’s basketball program, his team has lost in a variety of ways.

Thursday night was the first time his team lost on a scorebook error.

The Coyotes played tough against one of the KCAC favorites in the Tabor Blue Jays, but lost 76-75 when Dewayne Biggs hit one of two free throws with 2.5 seconds left.

The controversy happened in the first half. Garrett Pasold knocked down a three-pointer in the left corner, or so it seemed. Pasold’s three was clearly signaled by the officals, but the scorebook keeper wrote the play down as a two-point basket, meaning KWU led 16-15 instead of 17-15.

The Coyotes appealed the play, but a different official conferred with the scorebook keeper, and the play was kept as a two-point basket.

The Coyotes led 25-21 with 6:17 to go in the first half, but Tabor closed the half strong, scoring 17 of the final 23 points to lead 38-31 at the break.

In the second half, Tabor grabbed a quick 10-point lead before KWU made its move. The Coyotes used a 24-9 spurt to flip the game and take a 55-50 lead on a bucket by Nick Boehler.

The Coyotes would go up by as much as seven at 70-63 before Tabor made a charge, tying the game at 75 on a three by Lance Carter with 1:11 to go.

The Coyotes had a chance at a go-ahead score, but Michael Johnson’s shot inside was knocked away.

Tabor went ahead on a free throw by Dewayne Biggs with 2.5 seconds left, and Kansas Wesleyan’s baseball pass on the inbounds was stolen by the Bluejays.

Kansas Wesleyan was led  in scoring by 12 from Jacob Lunz, 11 from Michael Johnson and 10 from Dylan Hidalgo.

The Coyotes drop to 2-6 overall and 0-1 in the KCAC. Tabor is 5-4, 1-0 in the KCAC.

Kansas Wesleyan visits Ottawa on Saturday.