HILLSBORO — The Bethel College men’s basketball team looked strong for about 15 minutes, but unfortunately the college game is 40 minutes long, falling to rival Tabor 87-65 Wednesday in KCAC play in Hillsboro.

After a strong start, Bethel finished the game just 23 of 68 shooting for 34 percent. Tabor was 30 of 70 for 43 percent. Tabor outscored Bethel 36-24 from 3-point range and 15-11 from the line. Bethel was outrebounded 55-42.

“We let a few miss shots determine our effort of play,” Bethel coach Tony Hoops said. “We never responded from that. We hit some shots early in the game. We defended pretty well. Then we went through a lull, where we missed some easy buckets we should have made. All of a sudden, we stopped playing hard.”

Julian Winton led Tabor with 27 points, followed by Jordan Horstick with 17 and Alan Urrutia with 10.

Dakota Foster led Bethel with 13 points, followed by Maurice Jordan with 11.

“(Winton) is a good basketball player, but so much of what he did tonight we 100 percent a lack of our discipline and trust with one and other,” Hoops said. “When we don’t team defend, then guys like him are going to go for 27.”

Both teams came out blazing from the field, but Bethel had the hotter hand early, jumping out 18-11 in the first 5 1/2 minutes of play. Bethel six of its first nine shots, four of seven from 3-point range. Tabor was five of nine, one of one from beyond the arc.

Tabor took a time out, but turned the ball over and Bethel scored off of it. Tabor then came back with an 11-1 run.

Tied 29-29, Tabor made a 9-0 run. Down by nine, Dakota Foster hit a three-point play with 8.9 seconds left in the half to get Bethel back within six, 40-34.

Tabor finished the half 15 of 36 from the field, while Bethel was 13 of 36. Bethel was outscored 5-2 from the line.

Tabor outscored Bethel 12-2 to open the second half. Maurice Jordan answered with a trey and a short jumper. Bethel trailed by as many as 19 in the half. Poe Bryant hit a three-point play with 5:24 to play to get Bethel within 10, but gave up a 5-0 run to put the game away.

Tabor improves to 3-5, 2-2 in KCAC play. Bethel drops to 2-7, 1-3 in conference play. Bethel hosts Kansas Wesleyan at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Coyotes fell to Saint Mary 70-64 to drop to 4-4, 2-2 in KCAC play.

“It will be good to be at home,” Hoops said. “They finished the year pretty strong last year and are much improved. We need to find our identity once again on the defensive end of the court and get ready to play.”

BETHEL (2-7, 1-3 KCAC) — Trey Sleep 0-2 1-4 1, Chase Banister 2-9 1-2 6, Poe Bryant 2-6 1-1 5, Dakota Foster 5-9 1-1 13, Terrell Marshall 2-7 2-5 6, Maurice Jordan 5-10 0-0 11, Jalal Gondal 0-0 0-0 0, Elijah Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Layton Leydig 0-0 1-2 1, Sam Morgan 2-8 0-0 5, Joe Rushing 2-7 4-5 8, David Harris 3-10 0-2 9. TOTALS 23-68 11-22 65.

TABOR (3-5, 2-2 KCAC) — Jordan Horstick 4-7 7-10 17, Kyle Baker 1-6 1-2 4, Gaven Schumann 0-0 0-0 0, Alan Urrutia 4-7 0-0 10, Diontre Cutliff 1-4 0-1 2, Julian Winton 10-19 4-6 27, Alex Arnold 3-4 0-0 7, DeShun Patterson 1-9 2-2 4, Isaiah Wilson 3-5 0-0 7, Michael Russell 0-0 0-0 0, Travell Robinson 1-2 0-1 3, Jon Manjon Beristain 1-5 1-2 3, Nick Lee 1-2 0-0 3. TOTALS 30-70 15-24 87.

Bethel;34;31;—65

Tabor;40;47;—87

Total fouls — BC 20, TC 20. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — BC: Rushing 6:24-2h. 3-point shooting — BC 8-32 (Banister 1-6, Foster 2-6, Jordan 1-5, Morgan 1-4, Rushing 0-2, Harris 3-9), TC 12-29 (Horstick 2-4, Baker 1-6, Urrutia 2-4, Winton 3-6, Arnold 1-1, Patterson 0-2, Wilson 1-3, Robinson 1-1, Lee 1-2). Rebounds — BC 42 (Morgan 8), TC 55 (Wilson 9). Assists — BC 11 (Harris 3), TC 20 (Beristain 5). Turnovers — BC 14 (Marshall 3, Foster 3, TC 12 (Winton 4). Blocked shots — BC 0, TC 2 (Arnold 1, Beristain 1). Steals — BC (Harris 3), TC (Horstick 2).