|Taylor (Ind.) 12-2||38||42||80|
|Webber International (Fla 5-9||41||51||92|
|Dec. 19, 2016|
|Babson Park, FL|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Webber International (Fla|
|#15 Mason Degenkolb - 32||Points||#14 Daniel Coffey - 20|
|#21 Evan Crowe - 8||Rebounds||#33 Jovany Deceus - 7|
|3 Players - 4||Assists||#33 Jovany Deceus - 5|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Webber International (Fla|
|38.8% (26 - 67)||Field Goals %||58.5% (31 - 53)|
|32.3% (10 - 31)||3 Point Field Goals %||58.3% (7 - 12)|
|85.7% (18 - 21)||Free Throws||79.3% (23 - 29)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
BABSON PARK, Fla. – Despite a career-high 32 points from Mason Degenkolb, Taylor struggled from the opening tip on Monday afternoon and never led in a 92-80 loss at Webber International.
The Trojans could not find their rhythm in any phase of the game against the Warriors, recording their second-worst shooting performance of the 2016 campaign, while logging their worst defensive showing and also getting battered on the glass by a 35-24 gap.
TU entered the game holding foes to 72.2 points on 41.4-percent shooting but watched WIU shoot it in at a 58.5-percent rate on its way to 92 points for the highest percentage allowed and second-highest point total scored against the Trojans this season.
The Taylor offense connected on only 38.8 percent of its looks from the field, including 10-of-31 from deep. Despite the shooting woes, TU reached the 80-point mark for the 11th time this season to match the program's highest single-season total since doing so 13 times in 1992-1993.
Degenkolb helped keep the Trojans close in the opening stanza by netting the first 11 points of the contest for the Purple and Gold. The standout freshman went on to score 22 of TU's first 32 points on seven-of-nine shooting and closed with a career-best 32 points in the loss.
The rest of the squad shot just 34.7 percent from the floor and 26.9 percent from three-point range, with Evan Crowe finishing with 14 points and eight rebounds and Jake Heggeland adding 12 points. Tim Fleming and Ryan Robinson each dished out four assists.
Webber International (5-9) overcame Degenkolb's scoring blitz to open up a 41-32 spread, before Taylor scored the finals six points of the half to draw within three at the break.
The Warriors took control of the game in the opening moments of the second half, as Taylor missed its first eight shots during a decisive, 20-5, spurt from the hosts that opened up a 61-43 cushion. WIU eventually led by as many as 20 and never allowed Taylor any closer than 11 for the remainder of the game.
No. 7 Taylor (12-2) will look to bounce back from its first non-league defeat of the season when it plays at Southeastern (6-5) on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.