|Taylor (Ind.) 12-3||38||31||69|
|Southeastern (Fla.) 9-5||36||36||72|
|Dec. 21, 2016|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Southeastern (Fla.)|
|#25 Jake Heggeland - 20||Points||#01 Jeremy Oppenheimer - 16|
|#25 Jake Heggeland - 6||Rebounds||#24 Wesley Johnson - 10|
|#11 Tim Fleming - 5||Assists||#03 CJ Reese - 3|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Southeastern (Fla.)|
|44.6% (29 - 65)||Field Goals %||36.9% (24 - 65)|
|30% (9 - 30)||3 Point Field Goals %||28.6% (6 - 21)|
|40% (2 - 5)||Free Throws||81.8% (18 - 22)|
|9||2nd Chance Pts||14|
LAKELAND, Fla. – The Taylor men's basketball team suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season when it fell, 72-69, to a red-hot Southeastern squad in the final game of its Florida trip on Wednesday evening.
Southeastern (9-5), which received votes in the first NAIA Top-25 Poll of the regular season, earned its sixth-straight win one day after edging No. 14 Bethel by a single point. Taylor held SU's leading scorer, CJ Reese, to a season-low output of 15 points in his fifth game since joining the roster but the Fire had three individuals score at least 15 and put four in double figures.
Taylor held SU to 36.9 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from the three point line, while only turning the ball over seven times in the defeat. TU struggled on the offensive end for the second-straight game however, making only nine-of-30 attempts from beyond the arc for a 30-percent clip.
The Trojans were also outrebounded by a 44-36 margin and attempted only five free throws, while watching the Fire connect on 18-of-22 trips to the charity stripe.
TU opened hot, scoring the first eight points of the contest and led 28-21 11:50 into the contest but managed only 41 points in the next 28:10 of action as the shooting touch and lead slipped away.
The Fire took control of the game with a 22-12 stretch to start the second stanza. Taylor nearly erased the eight-point deficit by trimming the gap to one point on three occasions but could not reclaim the lead and saw its final opportunity result in a turnover as time expired.
Jake Heggeland connected on 10-of-12 shots and ended with 20 points, six rebounds and two blocks to pace the Purple and Gold. Keaton Hendricks sank four triples on his way to 17 points, while Evan Crowe scored 10 and Tim Fleming dished out five assists and swiped a pair of steals.
No. 7 Taylor (12-3) will return to action on Thursday, December 29, when it hosts Concordia (5-8) for a 7:00 pm start inside Odle Arena. The game will be TU's final non-league contest of the regular season.