|Cincinnati Christian (Ohi 4-10||41||35||76|
|Taylor (Ind.) 12-1||50||38||88|
|Dec. 16, 2016|
|Cincinnati Christian (Ohi||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|#24 Kobe Brown - 15||Points||2 Players (#15,#21) - 18|
|#5 Jalen Robertson - 8||Rebounds||#21 Evan Crowe - 10|
|#4 Khari Burton - 5||Assists||#13 Ryan Robinson - 5|
|Cincinnati Christian (Ohi||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|38% (27 - 71)||Field Goals %||55.2% (32 - 58)|
|38.9% (7 - 18)||3 Point Field Goals %||44% (11 - 25)|
|68.2% (15 - 22)||Free Throws||76.5% (13 - 17)|
|2||2nd Chance Pts||5|
UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor men's basketball team eclipsed the 80-point marker for the 10th time in 13 contests and secured an 88-76 win over Cincinnati Christian on Paul Patterson Court inside Odle Arena on Friday night.
The Trojans led from the opening tip, knocking down eight of their first 10 attempts on the way to an 18-8 lead, and pushed the spread to as many as 20 in the second half. Jake Heggeland set the tone early, powering to five makes in the paint without a miss during the opening surge, while Evan Crowe buried a pair of early treys to put TU in control.
The Eagles (4-10) closed to within nine by the break and narrowed to seven in the opening moments of the second half but Mason Degenkolb secured a steal and found Crowe for a transition three that pushed the spread back into double figures.
Taylor cruised from there, using a 14-2 run later in the stanza to open up a 20-point margin of 73-53 with 11:20 remaining in the contest. Vivian Aiken and Eric Cellier highlighted the surge, as Aiken yanked down an offensive board and stuck a putback, before blocking a shot on the other end to lead to a Cellier triple. Another Cellier trey on the next possession capped the run and TU never saw its lead shrink below 16 until CCU finished on a 9-1 streak over the final three minutes of the contest.
TU shot 55.2 percent in the victory, sinking 11-of-25 looks from the perimeter and picking up 15 assists to just nine turnovers. The Trojans limited Cincinnati Christian to 38.0 percent from the field and outrebounded the Eagles by a 41-37 margin.
Degenkolb and Crowe led the scoring for Taylor with 18 each, while Crowe pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double. Heggeland ended with 16 points and seven boards, with Keaton Hendricks adding 12 points and three assists.
Ryan Robinson, Lane Vander Hulst and Cellier all scored six off the bench, with Robinson dishing out five assists. Aiken blocked three shots and grabbed five rebounds and Tim Fleming handed out four helpers.
The Trojans are now 19-2 at home against non-league foes under fourth-year head coach Josh Andrews and have reached the 80-point plateau in 10 games during a single season for the first time since also accomplishing the feat 10 times in 1999-2000.
No. 7 Taylor (12-1) will head to Florida for games on December 19 and 21. TU will open the trip on Monday in a 4:00 pm start at Weber International (4-9), before playing at Southeastern (5-5) on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.