|Huntington (Ind.) 10-7, 1-4 CL||32||39||71|
|Taylor (Ind.) 13-4, 4-1 CL||39||43||82|
|Jan. 3, 2017|
|Huntington (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|#10 Mike Bush - 23||Points||#15 Mason Degenkolb - 33|
|#45 Daniel Woll - 9||Rebounds||3 Players - 6|
|#10 Mike Bush - 9||Assists||2 Players (#13,#15) - 3|
|Huntington (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|41.9% (26 - 62)||Field Goals %||43.5% (27 - 62)|
|29.2% (7 - 24)||3 Point Field Goals %||37% (10 - 27)|
|75% (12 - 16)||Free Throws||58.1% (18 - 31)|
|4||2nd Chance Pts||4|
UPLAND, Ind. – Mason Degenkolb set a new career-high with 33 points and No. 7 Taylor got back into the win column with an 82-71 victory over Huntington on Tuesday night to improve to 4-1 in league action.
The Trojans used a 34-6 spurt that spanned the final 1:22 of the first half and the first 8:21 of the second stanza to blow open a 66-36 advantage with 11:39 showing on the Odle Arena scoreboards.
TU closed the final 82 seconds of the opening period on a 7-2 run to take a 39-32 lead to the break, despite shooting only 40.5 percent from the field and an abysmal four-of-12 from the charity stripe. The Trojans withstood the poor shooting by pulling down 12 more rebounds than HU, assisting on 12-of-15 buckets and committing only three turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
The shots started falling in bunches to open the second half, as Taylor scored the first 13 points out of the intermission to take control and quickly opened a 30-point cushion on the eventual 27-4 stretch to open the half. Degenkolb ignited the rally, netting 11 of TU's first 13 points of the half and two triples from Ryan Robinson and a trey from Joe Ingersoll capped the run.
Huntington (10-7, 1-4 CL) fought back to close within seven points with 1:20 left in the contest, but Degenkolb went six-of-six from the line in the final 80 seconds to help TU seal the 82-71 victory.
The Taylor defense was the story, limiting the top-shooting offense in NAIA Division II to 41.9 percent from the floor and 17 points below its season average. TU also played strong on the glass, posting a 44-35 edge in rebounding over Huntington without a single player pulling down more than six caroms in the combined team effort.
Degenkolb stole the show on the offensive side, connecting on nine-of-14 shots for a career-best 33 points and adding three assists, four boards, one steal and one block. Much of the damage came in the final period, as the freshman scored 23 points on five-of-seven shooting from the field in the final 20 minutes of work.
Jake Heggeland turned in another solid showing with 17 points, while Lane Vander Hulst added 11 points and grabbed five rebounds. Ryan Robinson added six points and three assists off the bench, while Vivian Aiken grabbed six rebounds and Tim Fleming matched a career-high with six boards and picked up three steals on the defensive end.
No. 7 Taylor (13-4, 4-1 CL) will be back in action on Saturday at 3:00 pm, when it hosts Marian (9-8, 0-5 CL) at Paul Patterson Court in Odle Arena.