|Great Lakes Christian Col 0-1||39||30||69|
|Taylor (Ind.) 1-0||66||62||128|
|Oct. 28, 2016|
|Great Lakes Christian Col||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|#5 Joey Steiner - 19||Points||#15 Mason Degenkolb - 29|
|2 Players (#1,#33) - 4||Rebounds||#35 Keaton Hendricks - 9|
|#5 Joey Steiner - 3||Assists||#13 Ryan Robinson - 8|
|Great Lakes Christian Col||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|41% (25 - 61)||Field Goals %||61.1% (44 - 72)|
|40.7% (11 - 27)||3 Point Field Goals %||64.5% (20 - 31)|
|57.1% (8 - 14)||Free Throws||90.9% (20 - 22)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||9|
UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor University men's basketball team made history in Friday's season-opening, 128-69, blowout of Great Lakes Christian, scoring the fourth-most points in program history and sinking 20 three-point shots to set a new program record.
The 128-point outburst was TU's most since scoring a 139-33 victory over Robert Morris on December 10, 1993 in what still stands as the most lopsided victory in program history. The Trojans also scored 135 in 1971 and 141 in 1969 for the three single-game outputs higher than Friday's onslaught in the 81-season history of the TU men's team which spans 2,182 games since its start in 1933.
The 59-point margin of victory was Taylor's largest spread since toppling Ohio State-Newark by a 106-36 count on November 21, 2014, as the Trojans banged in a program-record 20 makes from three-point territory in only 31 tries to easily outpace the Lakes.
TU knocked in six of its first seven looks from beyond the arc to open up a 29-14 spread and never slowed down, ending the contest with only four more buckets from two-point range than from three-point territory and with six players registering at least one made trifecta.
Evan Crowe and Mason Degenkolb highlighted the barrage, combining for 55 points on a combined 12-of-14 showing from deep. Crowe shot nine-of-10 from the field, setting career-highs with nine made field goals, six made triples and 26 points, while Degenkolb connected on 10-of-14 shots for 29 points in his first collegiate outing.
Ryan Robinson also excelled in his Taylor debut, sinking five-of-nine shots on his way to 16 points and eight assists, while Keaton Hendricks added 13 points, four helpers, one block and a career-best nine rebounds. Tim Fleming also matched a personal-best with four steals and Jake Heggeland netted 11 points.
All 12 Trojans that played in the game cracked the scoring column, with nine players scoring at least five points and five reaching double figures, as TU shot 61.1 percent for the game and a blistering 64.5 percent from three-point range. The Trojans were also on target from the charity stripe, cashing in 20 makes in 22 tries.
Taylor (1-0) will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, looking to stay hot against Miami Hamilton (0-0) in a 3:00 pm start at Paul Patterson Court in Odle Arena.