|Taylor (Ind.) 3-0||41||27||68|
|Purdue Northwest (Ind.) 1-2||25||42||67|
|Nov. 4, 2016|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Purdue Northwest (Ind.)|
|#35 Keaton Hendricks - 18||Points||#33 Torrance Johnson - 15|
|#23 Eric Cellier - 8||Rebounds||#33 Torrance Johnson - 10|
|3 Players - 2||Assists||#04 Mike Williams - 2|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Purdue Northwest (Ind.)|
|39.4% (26 - 66)||Field Goals %||37.7% (23 - 61)|
|28.1% (9 - 32)||3 Point Field Goals %||23.5% (4 - 17)|
|46.7% (7 - 15)||Free Throws||63% (17 - 27)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
WESTVILLE, Ind. – Taylor moved to 3-0 on the young season by holding off a second-half charge from Purdue Northwest to escape with a 68-67 road win on an off shooting night for the Trojans at the PNW Classic.
The Trojans never trailed in the contest, dominating the opening stanza and steadily opening up a 41-25 lead by the half. TU maintained control in the first several minutes of the second period and used back-to-back triples by Keaton Hendricks and Eric Cellier to push the gap to an 18-point spread at 54-36 with 13:16 left to play.
The hosts capitalized on a dry spell from the TU offense, roaring back to within a single point on a 19-2 stretch over the next 6:43 of game action that saw Taylor connect on only one field goal.
Evan Crowe stemmed the tide with a three-pointer and a transition layup from Mason Degenkolb gave Taylor a 61-55 lead. Consecutive buckets from the pair moments later made it a 65-60 edge with 2:35 showing on the clock.
Purdue Northwest (1-2) finally drew even at 65-65 with 43 seconds left in the game but free throws from Hendricks and Ryan Robinson gave Taylor a 68-65 lead and a missed jumper by PNW was pulled down by Cellier as time expired on the 68-67 Trojan victory.
Taylor struggled mightily on the offensive end, shooting 39.4 percent from the field, 28.1 percent from beyond the arc and 46.7 percent from the charity stripe in the contest. Those numbers dipped to a 34.5-percent clip from the floor and a 33.3-percent rate from the free throw line over the final 20 minutes, as TU managed only 27 points after the intermission.
Hendricks and Cellier provided much of the offense, as Hendricks netted a game-high 18 points to go with six rebounds while Cellier scored 14 points and led TU with eight boards. The duo shot a combined 11-of-19 from the floor and six-of-11 from deep, while the rest of the Taylor roster connected on 15-of-47 tries and three-of-21 triples.
The Trojans (3-0) will look to regain their shooting touch on Saturday in search of their first 4-0 start since the 2010-2011 campaign, when they take on Governors State in a 7:00 pm (ET) start at Purdue Northwest.