|Taylor (Ind.) 14-5, 5-2 CL||36||43||79|
|Indiana Wesleyan 15-4, 5-2 CL||43||48||91|
|Jan. 10, 2017|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Indiana Wesleyan|
|#15 Mason Degenkolb - 22||Points||#23 Lane Mahurin - 37|
|3 Players - 6||Rebounds||#23 Lane Mahurin - 9|
|#11 Tim Fleming - 6||Assists||#12 Grant Evans - 4|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Indiana Wesleyan|
|40.9% (27 - 66)||Field Goals %||51.6% (32 - 62)|
|37% (10 - 27)||3 Point Field Goals %||26.1% (6 - 23)|
|78.9% (15 - 19)||Free Throws||84% (21 - 25)|
|12||2nd Chance Pts||8|
MARION, Ind. – The first-ever top-15 clash between the Taylor and Indiana Wesleyan men's basketball programs finished with a 91-79 victory for the host No. 10 Wildcats over No. 15 Taylor on Tuesday night in the 66th all-time meeting between the two rivals.
The Trojans opened the game on fire, sinking six of their first nine looks from beyond the arc and using an 8-0 run to build an early 24-17 lead. Ryan Robinson connected on three triples in the opening minutes, including back-to-back long-range daggers in the 8-0 spurt.
Indiana Wesleyan (15-4, 5-2 CL) still trailed by a 26-19 count with 8:42 to play in the half, before the game changed with Jake Heggeland being forced to the bench with a second foul. IWU took control of the paint, riding Lane Mahurin to 22 first-half points on 10-of-12 shooting and closing the half on a 24-7 stretch to take a 43-36 lead to the break.
IWU finished the opening stanza with a 30-6 advantage on points in the paint and took control as Taylor turned the ball over an uncharacteristically high 10 times in the half and finished with just one make from the perimeter over its last 10 attempts.
Heggeland opened the scoring out of the intermission to bring TU within five and the Trojans narrowed to within six on another Heggeland bucket five minutes later but Indiana Wesleyan held Taylor at bay by heating up from deep and led by double figures over the final 11:43 of game action.
In the end, it was too much Mahurin, as the senior All-American netted a career-high 37 points on 13-of-17 shooting, while fellow senior Bob Peters added 21. The Wildcats outscored Taylor by 20 in the paint and held a decisive, 18-4, edge in points off turnovers.
The TU freshmen tandem of Mason Degenkolb and Robinson countered by teaming for 38 for the Trojans but the squad shot just 40.9 percent from the field, including four of its last 18 from deep. TU also turned the ball over a season-worst 17 times in the defeat.
Degenkolb notched his eighth game with at least 20 points in his first 19 collegiate outings, ending with 22 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block. Robinson matched a career-high with 16 points on four-of-eight from deep and added two steals, with Heggeland grabbing 13 points and six boards. Tim Fleming dished out six helpers and Eric Cellier had eight points off the bench.
No. 15 Taylor (14-5, 5-2 CL) fell to 37-29 all-time against Indiana Wesleyan and slipped into a three-way tie for second place in the Crossroads League standings with IWU and No. 3 Saint Francis with the loss. TU will look to bounce back when it hosts Goshen (9-10, 2-5 CL) in a 3:00 pm start inside Odle Arena on Saturday.