|Concordia (Mich.) 6-9||40||34||74|
|Taylor (Ind.) 12-4||33||37||70|
|Dec. 29, 2016|
|Concordia (Mich.)||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|2 Players (#0,#32) - 19||Points||#25 Jake Heggeland - 18|
|#32 Luke Diekevers - 10||Rebounds||#25 Jake Heggeland - 6|
|#4 Jared McDaniel - 6||Assists||3 Players - 2|
|Concordia (Mich.)||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|46.8% (29 - 62)||Field Goals %||42% (29 - 69)|
|35.7% (5 - 14)||3 Point Field Goals %||33.3% (7 - 21)|
|64.7% (11 - 17)||Free Throws||83.3% (5 - 6)|
|10||2nd Chance Pts||4|
UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor University men's basketball team suffered its first home loss of the season and only the third non-league setback in Odle Arena under head coach Josh Andrews, as the offense continued its recent struggles in a 74-70 loss to Concordia on Thursday evening.
The Trojans matched a season-low with seven makes from beyond the arc in 21 tries, shooting 33.3 percent from the perimeter and only 42.0 percent from the floor in the defeat. TU has shot just 41.8 percent from the floor and 31.7 percent from deep during its current three-game skid.
Two other trends continued in the loss, as Taylor made it to the free throw line for only six attempts in the game and got outrebounded by a 40-34 margin. During the recent downtown, TU has been beaten on the glass by 8.4 caroms per game and is minus-27 points from the charity stripe.
Concordia's (6-9) trio of Luke Diekevers, Jalen Thompson and Connor Phee combined for 54 points and 26 rebounds to carry the Cardinals.
Taylor outscored CU by a 19-4 margin off the bench, highlighted by 12 from Eric Cellier. Jake Heggeland paced the squad with 18 points, six rebounds, three steals and one block, with Mason Degenkolb adding 17 points and two steals.
The game flow saw Concordia connect on four-of-five shots for a quick 8-3 advantage and TU did not move in front until a Ryan Robinson trey and back-to-back hoops from Degenkolb opened up a 22-17 lead. A pair of hoops from Heggeland made in 26-19 but CU ripped off a 14-2 spurt and closed the half on a 21-7 stretch for a seven-point lead at the break.
The second stanza followed a similar pattern, with the Trojans outscoring the guests by a 28-19 margin to open the half. The surge ended with five-straight points from Degenkolb for a 61-59 lead with 7:35 on the clock but Concordia rattled off the next seven points and closed on a 15-9 run to take the 74-70 victory.
No. 7 Taylor (12-4, 3-1 CL) will jump back into Crossroads League play on Tuesday at 7:00 pm, when it hosts Huntington (10-6, 1-3 CL) in the first of 14-straight league games to close the regular season.