|Taylor (Ind.) 9-0, 2-0 CL||38||30||68|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.) 4-5, 0-2 CL||34||32||66|
|Nov. 29, 2016|
|Spring Arbor, MI|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Spring Arbor (Mich.)|
|#25 Jake Heggeland - 19||Points||#2 Caleb Hogans - 26|
|#21 Evan Crowe - 8||Rebounds||#5 Zach Medendorp - 10|
|#13 Ryan Robinson - 6||Assists||#11 Paul Marandet - 6|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Spring Arbor (Mich.)|
|43.1% (25 - 58)||Field Goals %||40% (24 - 60)|
|44.4% (8 - 18)||3 Point Field Goals %||40% (8 - 20)|
|76.9% (10 - 13)||Free Throws||71.4% (10 - 14)|
|6||2nd Chance Pts||14|
SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Unbeaten Taylor survived a late rally and multiple Spring Arbor looks at the rim in the closing seconds to head home with a 68-66 win at SAU on Tuesday night. The victory moved No. 12 TU to 9-0 for the first time since 1984.
The Trojans bolted to a 10-0 lead and opened up a 31-17 gap. TU built the game-high 14-point spread by hitting its first four triples of the night and with three monstrous dunks by Jake Heggeland.
Spring Arbor's leading scorer, Caleb Hogans, brought the Cougars back with consecutive trifectas during an ensuing 8-0 run and ended the opening stanza with 16 points to trim TU's margin to 38-34 at the break. SAU continued its surge early into the second half, taking its first lead of the night on a Hogans free throw for a 43-42 edge on the strength of the extended 26-11 stretch.
Mason Degenkolb stemmed the tide for the Trojans once again, attacking for back-to-back layups and five-straight points, before Lane Vander Hulst banked in a three ball to cap the 8-0 answer and give Taylor the 50-43 lead.
Keaton Hendricks drained his third and fourth three-point shots of the evening to push the spread to 61-52 and three-straight tallies from Heggeland gave TU a double-digit lead once again at 64-54 with 6:15 to play.
Spring Arbor (4-5, 0-2 CL) turned to its nationally-touted defense, which entered the game ranked ninth in the nation, to limit Taylor to two field goals the rest of the way. SAU also created four turnovers during a 12-4 rally to close the game and draw within 68-66 with 29 ticks left on the clock.
After stealing the ball in the back court, SAU held for the last look but missed a trio of point-blank attempts in the final five seconds in an attempt to force overtime. Hendricks finally pulled down the game-preserving defensive rebound to secure the Taylor victory.
The Trojans struggled on the glass against the lengthy Cougar lineup, getting outrebounded by a 41-31 margin and shot just 43.1 percent from the field on their way to matching the lowest scoring output on the season.
TU's defense was up to the task, picking up the slack to hold Spring Arbor to 40.0 percent from the floor and just 37.9 percent over the final 20 minutes of work.
Heggeland sparked the TU offense with five dunks mixed into a nine-of-12 shooting night, ending with a team-leading 19 points, one block and four rebounds. Degenkolb was right behind with 18 points, three assists and two steals, with Hendricks adding 14 points, two steals and two blocks.
With the win, Taylor (9-0, 2-0 CL) matched its second-best start in program history and tallied its longest win streak since claiming 20 in a row in 1993-1994. The Trojans will look to match the 1961-1962 program-record 10-0 start when it hosts RV Mount Vernon Nazarene (8-1, 1-0 CL) on Saturday at 3:00 pm.