|Taylor University 6-0||48||38||86|
|Nov. 14, 2016|
|DU Student Center|
|Taylor University||Indv. Leaders||Davenport|
|#21 Evan Crowe - 24||Points||#30 Javon Haines - 28|
|#21 Evan Crowe - 9||Rebounds||#03 Nick Gamble - 8|
|#11 Tim Fleming - 5||Assists||#03 Nick Gamble - 4|
|Taylor University||Team Statistics||Davenport|
|48.3% (28 - 58)||Field Goals %||46% (29 - 63)|
|50% (16 - 32)||3 Point Field Goals %||33.3% (7 - 21)|
|82.4% (14 - 17)||Free Throws||72.7% (16 - 22)|
|18||2nd Chance Pts||15|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Evan Crowe scored 24 points and Mason Degenkolb added 21, as the Taylor men's basketball team scored a stunning road upset of No. 3 Davenport on Monday night. TU never trailed and connected on 16-of-32 three-point shots in the 86-81 thriller.
The signature win was Taylor's first over a nationally-ranked foe on the road since going across county to down No. 14 Indiana Wesleyan on February 14, 2012 and is TU's third win over a Top-25 opponent since the start of last season.
Taylor came out on fire on its way to a 16-4 lead and went on to drain its first eight looks from three-point range, putting the Panthers on their heels while building a 34-18 lead midway through the opening half. The Trojans had six different players connect from long distance in that stretch.
Davenport slowed the TU assault to narrow the margin to nine, only for Degenkolb to respond with another triple and Crowe to follow with a deuce that opened the spread back to 43-29. DU continued its push late in the half, closing on a 12-4 rally to trim Taylor's cushion to 47-41 at the break.
The lead continued to shrink in the opening moments of the final stanza, dwindling to a single point as the Trojans missed their first six attempts from beyond the arc before heating back up to maintain control.
Lane Vander Hulst ended the short drought with a three-ball to put Taylor in front by four and another trey from Degenkolb was followed by a Vander Hulst turnaround for a 63-56 edge with 11:35 to play.
Crowe countered a 6-0 push that again cut TU's lead to one by sinking four-straight treys to power Taylor to a 75-66 spread and Degenkolb followed with the next four for TU and a 10-point lead with 4:10 remaining in the game.
Davenport (3-1) unleashed a frantic full-court press in a last-gasp attempt to turn away the upset-minded Trojans but Degenkolb hit four clutch three throws in the final 26 seconds and TU had enough to hold on for the 86-81 win.
Taylor shot 48.3 percent and committed only 12 turnovers against the aggressive DU defense and placed four players in double figures while surpassing the 80-point mark for the fifth time in six outings to start the year.
Crowe led the way, hitting six-of-10 three-point shots to end with 24 points and yanked down a game-high nine rebounds to go with two steals. Degenkolb ended with 21 points and five boards, while Vander Hulst and Keaton Hendricks each scored 13. Tim Fleming and Ryan Robinson teamed for nine assists and four steals and Jake Heggeland finished with seven points.
Taylor (6-0) will be back in action on Wednesday night, when it hosts RV Ohio Christian (4-2) on Paul Patterson Court for a 7:00 pm tip.