|Davenport (Mich.) 12-2||42||27||69|
|Taylor University 4-6||34||21||55|
|Dec. 8, 2015|
|Davenport (Mich.)||Indv. Leaders||Taylor University|
|#2 Dominez Burnett - 29||Points||#24 Kyle Stidom - 14|
|#2 Dominez Burnett - 12||Rebounds||#24 Kyle Stidom - 11|
|2 Players (#1,#2) - 3||Assists||2 Players (#13,#24) - 3|
|Davenport (Mich.)||Team Statistics||Taylor University|
|34.4% (21 - 61)||Field Goals %||31.5% (17 - 54)|
|21.7% (5 - 23)||3 Point Field Goals %||18.5% (5 - 27)|
|84.6% (22 - 26)||Free Throws||76.2% (16 - 21)|
|7||2nd Chance Pts||7|
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor matched up with a fourth-straight opponent ranked inside the NAIA Top-15 on Tuesday, but shot just 18.8 percent in the second half in a 69-55 setback against No. 3 Davenport inside Odle Arena.
The Panthers entered play ranked fifth among all NAIA Division II teams in scoring defense and held Taylor to three baskets over the first 9:50 of game action. The slow TU start enabled Davenport to open a 22-13 lead by the midway point of the opening period.
Kyle Stidom ignited the Taylor attack with three-straight baskets for the Trojans and a Tim Fleming hoop in transition brought TU back to within a single possession at 24-21 with 7:29 to go in the half.
Davenport (12-2) withstood the spurt and eventually opened an 11-point gap, before a triple by Evan Crowe sent the teams to the break with DU holding a 42-34 edge.
Shooting woes plagued the Trojans over the final 20 minutes, spoiling any hopes of a second-straight win over a top-five foe inside Odle, as TU missed its first 11 looks from the floor in the final stanza.
The drought pushed DU's lead to 15 points, before a three-point play by Vivian Aiken and back-to-back three-point baskets from Eric Cellier brought the margin back into single digits at 54-46 with 11:18 remaining.
The gap remained between 10 and 12 points over the next eight minutes, before Davenport extended the lead and sealed the 69-55 victory at the free throw line down the stretch.
Both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the contest, with Davenport getting 29 points from its 2014-2015 NAIA Player of the Year, Dominic Burnett, and holding a 51-33 edge on the glass to overcome its worst shooting effort of the season at 34.4 percent.
Taylor countered by shooting 50.0 percent in the first half, before connecting on six-of-32 tries over the final 20 minutes, including an abysmal two-of-18 showing from beyond the arc to end at 31.5 percent from the field on the night.
Stidom led the way yet again for TU, ending with a 14-point, 11-rebound, three-assist double-double, while Cellier netted 11 and Crowe filled the stat sheet with 11 points, four rebounds and two steals in his first collegiate start. Aiken chipped in with six points, five rebounds and one block.
Taylor (4-6) will now turn its focus to the 32nd-Annual Ivanhoes Classic, beginning with the 19th-Annual Silent Night game on Friday at 6:00 pm against Ohio Chillicothe. TU will then take on Clarke or Shawnee State on Saturday at 1:00 or 3:00 pm.