YORK, Neb. -- The 13th-ranked Bellevue University basketball team (1-1) picked up its first win of the season defeating Tabor College (0-1) 70-63 Friday night at the York College Tip-Off Classic.
For the second-straight game, Darius Robinson led the team in scoring, recording 17 points, on 7-of-12 shooting, with five rebounds.
BU shot 47.1 percent from the field with seven 3-pointers and held the Bluejays to just 33.3 percent shooting. The Bruins were plagued with 27 turnovers that led to 26 TC points.
Trailing, 16-15, the Bruins ended the opening period on a 19-9 run to take a nine-point lead at halftime, 34-25.
Grant led BU with eight points and four rebounds while Robinson added seven points and four rebounds as the Bruins held a 26-11 edge in rebounds in the first half. BU shot 45.8 percent from the field and held TC to just 28.1 percent shooting.
The Bluejays used a 16-6 spurt midway through the second half to trim a 12-point deficit down to two, 59-57, with just over five minutes left. That's the closest TC got as the Bruins finished the stanza by outscoring the Bluejays 11-6 and made four of their six free throw attempts in the final minute to pull out the 70-63 win.
Ryan Chippeaux led the Bluejays with 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Bruins will conclude the tournament with a 3 p.m. match on Saturday (Nov. 3) against Concordia (Neb.) University.
Tabor (0-1) 25-38—63
Bellevue (1-1) 34-36—70
TC: Chippeaux, 14; Samuel, 10; LeBlanc, 10; Jackson, 9; Sauer, 9; Kingsley, 7; Malan, 2; Janzen, 2.
BU: Robinson, 17; Grant, 15; Goodwin, 14; Davis, 9; Capazo, 9; Zamudio, 3; Olushola, 2; Dotson, 1.