|Mount Vernon Nazarene (Oh 9-2, 2-1 CL||35||32||67|
|Taylor (Ind.) 10-0, 3-0 CL||49||39||88|
|Dec. 3, 2016|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene (Oh||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|#2 Joey Schmitz - 13||Points||#15 Mason Degenkolb - 23|
|#12 Trey McBride - 8||Rebounds||2 Players (#15,#35) - 7|
|#12 Trey McBride - 4||Assists||#11 Tim Fleming - 4|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene (Oh||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|43.1% (25 - 58)||Field Goals %||56.6% (30 - 53)|
|28.6% (6 - 21)||3 Point Field Goals %||51.7% (15 - 29)|
|61.1% (11 - 18)||Free Throws||81.3% (13 - 16)|
|7||2nd Chance Pts||0|
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor moved to 10-0 for only the second time in program history, joining the 1961 start in the record books with an 88-67 victory over RV Mount Vernon Nazarene on Saturday afternoon inside Odle Arena.
The No. 12 Trojans have mixed in five wins over teams ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA Top-25 Poll in the historic start, with four of those victories coming during TU's last five outings.
Saturday's win also moved TU to 3-0 in league play for the first time since 2005, as Taylor eclipsed the 80-point mark for the eighth time in 10 tries to open the 2016-2017 season.
The Trojans have showcased one of the top three-point shooting offenses in the nation to fuel the fast-paced offense and knocked down 15-of-29 looks from beyond the arc during Saturday's contest.
The 15 made triples give TU the three-highest, single-game outputs from three-point range in program history, netting games of 20, 16 and 15 makes from deep in the first 10 outings. Taylor has shot at least 50 percent from the perimeter in those three games and has connected at a 42.7-percent clip from downtown as a team on the season.
The Trojans were rarely tested on Saturday against a MVNU (9-2, 2-1 CL) squad that entered the game ranked just outside the top-25 at No. 28 and with its only previous loss coming via a four-point setback to No. 5 IU East.
TU faced deficits of 7-5 and 14-13 but answered with a triple each time and closed the first half on a 16-6 spurt to take control of the game at 49-35. The Trojans kept pouring it on in the final stanza, scoring 16 of the first 20 points out of the break and eventually leading by as many as 28, before setting on the 21-point final margin.
Taylor shot over 55 percent from the floor in both halves and ended the game with a 56.6-percent clip from the field and a 51.7-percent rate from deep.
Mason Degenkolb led the way with a game-high 23 points and seven rebounds, while Evan Crowe added 14 points, six boards and two steals. Keaton Hendricks followed with 13 points and seven rebounds, with Ryan Robinson scoring 13, dishing out three assists and picking up two steals. Tim Fleming also added seven points, to go with four helpers and Jake Heggeland ended with nine points.
No. 12 Taylor (10-0, 3-0 CL) will return to the planks on Tuesday, December 6 when it heads to No. 1 Saint Francis (11-1, 2-1 CL) for a 7:00 pm tip.