|Ohio Christian (Ohio) 4-3||29||35||64|
|Taylor (Ind.) 7-0||42||43||85|
|Nov. 16, 2016|
|Ohio Christian (Ohio)||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|#24 Marquis Jackson - 14||Points||#15 Mason Degenkolb - 24|
|3 Players - 5||Rebounds||#25 Jake Heggeland - 9|
|#10 John Johnson - 4||Assists||#11 Tim Fleming - 4|
|Ohio Christian (Ohio)||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|37.9% (25 - 66)||Field Goals %||53.1% (26 - 49)|
|32.4% (11 - 34)||3 Point Field Goals %||43.8% (7 - 16)|
|42.9% (3 - 7)||Free Throws||78.8% (26 - 33)|
|6||2nd Chance Pts||7|
UPLAND, Ind. – Two days after toppling No. 3 Davenport on the road, Taylor matched its best start in over 30 years with another impressive victory, this time dismantling No. 28 Ohio Christian by an 85-64 margin inside Odle Arena on Wednesday.
The Trojans moved to 7-0 for the first time since the 2005-2006 campaign to match the program's best start since winning the first nine game of the 1984-1985 season. TU also improved to 17-2 in non-league games inside Odle under fourth-year head coach Josh Andrews and extended its longest win streak since taking eight-straight contests during the 2011-2012 season.
Taylor opened Wednesday's game on fire once again, scoring the game's first 10 points and eventually bolting to a 24-4 cushion on its way to a 33-10 gap by the 8:51 mark. TU knocked down eight of its first nine looks from the field, including four-of-five from the perimeter to take control.
The Trojans cooled off during the closing minutes of the half, hitting only one field goal over the final 8:50 to see their 23-point lead cut to 42-29 by the intermission.
The margin narrowed to single digits in the early moments of the second stanza, before the TU offense clicked back into rhythm with a 7-0 spurt to push the lead back to 49-33 over the Trailblazers. Evan Crowe capped the Taylor counter with five-straight points and Taylor went on to hit 10-straight shots from the field to retake command at 68-49 with just over nine minutes left in the contest.
OCU battled back to within 11 on two occasions but could not mount a serious threat, as TU hit back each time and rolled to the 85-64 win.
The Trojans turned in a stout defensive performance, led by Tim Fleming, who held the NAIA's fourth-leading scorer to only 14 points on five-of-13 shooting. As a team, TU limited Ohio Christian to a 37.9-percent rate from the field and to 10 points below its season scoring average.
Mason Degenkolb and Crowe handled the bulk of the offense once again, as Degenkolb led all scorers with 24 on seven-of-11 shooting, while pulling down eight rebounds, swatting two shots and dishing out two helpers. Crowe hit four-of-six triples to end with 21 points and six boards.
The duo had plenty of help, as Jake Heggeland turned in one of his finest all-around games with 16 points, nine boards and four blocks, while Ryan Robinson scored nine. Keaton Hendricks was held to six points but grabbed eight rebounds and Fleming ended with six points, four assists and two steals.
Taylor (7-0) will be back in action on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:00 pm, when it hosts No. 16 Bethel (6-0) in the Crossroads League opener for both teams.