HILLSBORO ó Ottawa Universityís road losses to Tabor Thursday night tightened up the race for the sixth seed in the menís bracket and put some distance for third in the womenís standings.
The men lost 90-89 to the Bluejays to fall into a three-way tie with McPherson and Southwestern (6-9) for sixth.
The women lost 62-58 to Tabor to fall two games behind Tabor and Friends for second and third. Tabor swept Ottawa.
Ottawa plays today at McPherson in a key menís game. The Lady Braves (14-11) will attempt to stay in the race for second.
The Braves had the offense cranked up, shooting 51 percent from the field, including 50 percent behind the arc. Ottawa had a chance to win the game, but the shot was long at the buzzer.
The game featured several lead changes and ties. The last tie was at 76-76 with six minutes remaining.
Adam Hasty paced the Braves with 26 points and five assists. Julian Rose netted 23. Colin Nichols tossed in 15. Bryan Newton finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Tabor and Ottawa women played a defensive battle. Ottawa shot 39 percent, while Tabor was 42 percent.
It also was a nip-and-tuck contest with several ties and lead changes. Ottawa led 27-26 at halftime.
Tabor used a 17-6 run to open the second half, but Ottawa battled back to within 59-57 with 14 seconds remaining.
Mikayla Skidmore paced Ottawa with 24 points. Amber Ramsey had 15 points.
Ashley Romig snared a team-high 11 rebounds.