|Oct. 31, 2015|
|Indianapolis, Ind. - Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|#31 VANDER HULST, Lane - 10||Points||2 Players (#21,#24) - 14|
|#24 STIDOM, Kyle - 5||Rebounds||#04 WIDEMAN, Tyler - 11|
|2 Players (#24,#21) - 2||Assists||#21 JONES, Roosevelt - 3|
|25% (14 - 56)||Field Goals %||45% (27 - 60)|
|33.3% (7 - 21)||3 Point Field Goals %||26.3% (5 - 19)|
|64.3% (9 - 14)||Free Throws||87% (20 - 23)|
|6||2nd Chance Pts||9|
INDIANAPOLIS – The Taylor University men's basketball team headed to historic Hinkle Fieldhouse for an exhibition against NCAA Division I No. 22 Butler on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Bulldogs by a 79-44 margin.
Butler, ranked No. 22 in the USA Today Preseason Top-25 Poll, flexed its muscle early, making six of its first nine shots and bolting to a 14-0 lead by the 15:00 mark of the opening half.
Keaton Hendricks put Taylor on the board with a pair of free throws and a triple by Tim Fleming cut the deficit to 14-5, but Butler scored the next four points and never looked back en route to a 45-14 halftime lead.
After shooting only 15.2 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, Taylor improved to 39.1 percent in the second half and knocked in five three-point shots in 10 looks to score 30 points to Butler's 34 after the break.
Lane Vander Hulst posted a team-leading 10 points for the Trojans on three-of-eight shooting from beyond the arc, with Hendricks netting eight and Jake Heggeland scoring six. Kyle Stidom was TU's leading rebounder with five and Fleming picked up four steals.
The BU defense and interior strength was too much for the Trojans, as the Bulldogs held the Taylor shooters to 14-of-56 from the field and powered to a 48-32 edge on the glass and a 40-14 scoring advantage in the paint.
Taylor will officially start the 2015-2016 season on November 6 and 7 when it competes in the Rio Grande Tournament. TU will open with Asbury on Friday at 6:00 pm, before playing RV Rio Grande on Saturday at 4:00 pm.