|Taylor (Ind.) 10-1, 3-1 CL||45||30||75|
|Saint Francis (Ind.) 12-1, 3-1 CL||47||43||90|
|Dec. 6, 2016|
|Fort Wayne, IN|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Saint Francis (Ind.)|
|#35 Keaton Hendricks - 17||Points||#10 Chandler White - 27|
|3 Players - 5||Rebounds||#23 Bryce Lienhoop - 11|
|#13 Ryan Robinson - 4||Assists||#4 Kegan Comer - 4|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Saint Francis (Ind.)|
|36.4% (24 - 66)||Field Goals %||51.6% (33 - 64)|
|30.6% (11 - 36)||3 Point Field Goals %||31.8% (7 - 22)|
|80% (16 - 20)||Free Throws||68% (17 - 25)|
|7||2nd Chance Pts||5|
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – An upset-minded Taylor squad struggled to find its offensive rhythm against the lengthy Saint Francis defense, as Taylor fell 90-75 at No. 1 USF on Tuesday night for its first loss of the 2016-2017 campaign.
TU turned in its worst shooting performance of the young season, connecting on only 36.4 percent of its looks from the field and 11-of-36 tries from beyond the arc.
Keaton Hendricks led the way for Taylor with 17 points and five rebounds, while Lane Vander Hulst went for 11 points and five boards. Ryan Robinson finished with 10 points and four assists, with Evan Crowe adding 10 points.
No. 1 Saint Francis (12-1, 3-1 CL) countered the poor shooting from the Trojans by attacking the paint throughout the contest. USF hit 26-of-42 attempts from two-point range and held a 42-22 edge in paint points.
Toledo transfer, Chandler White, had his way, connecting on 11-of-14 field goals for a game-high 27 points, with Kyle Sovine adding 20 points and seven rebounds for USF.
The top-ranked Cougars were clicking on all cylinders from the opening tip, looking to avenge a loss at Goshen on Saturday. USF knocked down 10 of its first 13 shots to bolt to a 24-9 lead and pushed the margin to a game-high 19 with 7:11 to play in the opening stanza.
The senior duo of Eric Cellier and Vander Hulst provided a spark for Taylor, teaming for 11 points in a 13-1 spurt from TU that brought the Trojans within 44-42. Robinson then drilled a transition triple at the buzzer to send TU to the break trailing 47-45. Taylor closed the half on a 16-3 stretch as part of an extended 28-11 run over the final seven minutes of action.
The hot streak did not carry over into the second half however, as TU went cold once again and never found its touch in the final 20 minutes. The Trojans opened with two makes in their first eight tries and went on to shoot 29.4 percent from the floor and 23.5 percent from long distance as USF pulled away.
No. 12 Taylor (10-1, 3-1 CL) will look to bounce back on Friday, December 9 at 7:00 pm, when it hosts Lincoln Christian (3-8) in the 20th-Annual Ivanhoes Silent Night Game.