|Marian (Ind.) 9-9, 0-6 CL||23||44||67|
|Taylor (Ind.) 14-4, 5-1 CL||38||44||82|
|Jan. 7, 2017|
|Marian (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|#4 Wesley Stowers - 21||Points||#35 Keaton Hendricks - 28|
|#23 Andrew Jordan - 13||Rebounds||#35 Keaton Hendricks - 15|
|2 Players (#4,#10) - 3||Assists||#15 Mason Degenkolb - 6|
|Marian (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|35.5% (22 - 62)||Field Goals %||44.1% (26 - 59)|
|30.8% (8 - 26)||3 Point Field Goals %||28.6% (8 - 28)|
|65.2% (15 - 23)||Free Throws||78.6% (22 - 28)|
|5||2nd Chance Pts||2|
UPLAND, Ind. – Keaton Hendricks notched his first career double-double and set career-highs with 28 points and 15 rebounds to help Taylor move to 5-1 in Crossroads League play with an 82-67 win over Marian on Saturday at Paul Patterson Court.
The 5-1 record is TU's best start in league play since opening with an 8-1 clip during the 2005-2006 campaign and kept the Trojans in a tie for first place in the Crossroads League standings with Saint Francis and Bethel.
The Trojans used a 20-3 rally midway through the opening half to assert control and led by double figures over the final 28:20 of game action, while leading by as many as 28.
Despite leading by 15 at the half, Taylor shot just four-of-17 from the perimeter in the opening 20 minutes. TU dominated play on the defensive end however, holding the Knights (9-9, 0-6 CL) to 25.0 percent shooting from the field and forcing MU into more turnovers than baskets made in the opening stanza.
The second half opened with Taylor burying its first three triples out of the break, including two makes from Hendricks to get the offense clicking. Hendricks then completed an and-one to push the spread to 50-27 and a Mason Degenkolb hoop in transition made it a 60-32 gap with 12:13 remaining.
Hendricks added three assists and a block to his 28 points and 15 boards, while sinking nine-of-15 shots from the floor, and seven-of-nine from the charity stripe. Degenkolb followed with 18 points and set a career-high with six assists, while Jake Heggeland added 10 points and one block. Lane Vander Hulst gave TU a boost off the bench, knocking in a pair of triples to end with eight points and five rebounds.
Taylor shot 44.1 percent from the field, including a 58.6-percent rate from two-point range and held an eight-point cushion in points in the paint over MU. The Trojans also dished out 13 helpers and only turned the ball over eight times, while forcing 11 Marian miscues and holding the Knights to 35.5-percent shooting.
No. 7 Taylor (14-4, 5-1 CL) will head across county on Tuesday night for a 7:00 pm showdown with No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan (14-4, 4-2 CL) in the second-ever meeting between the two programs with both ranked inside the NAIA Top-25. All TU students with their college ID will be admitted into the game for free.