|Goshen (Ind.) 9-11, 2-6 CL||30||35||65|
|Taylor (Ind.) 15-5, 6-2 CL||32||34||66|
|Jan. 14, 2017|
|Goshen (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|#13 Xavier Newson - 18||Points||#21 Evan Crowe - 22|
|#44 Kevin Phillips - 6||Rebounds||2 Players (#21,#25) - 7|
|#22 Devin Heath-Granger - 4||Assists||#11 Tim Fleming - 8|
|Goshen (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|43.5% (27 - 62)||Field Goals %||45.5% (25 - 55)|
|28.6% (6 - 21)||3 Point Field Goals %||44.4% (12 - 27)|
|71.4% (5 - 7)||Free Throws||66.7% (4 - 6)|
|4||2nd Chance Pts||9|
UPLAND, Ind. – Evan Crowe knocked down six three-point shots against a scrappy Goshen zone but it took a jumper in the paint from Jake Heggeland with eight seconds left to lift No. 15 Taylor past the Maple Leafs for a 66-65 win inside Odle Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Goshen (9-11, 2-6 CL) zone gave TU trouble early in in the contest, as the Trojans had more turnovers than field goals in the first 10 minutes of action and faced a 17-12 deficit against the visitors.
Back-to-back triples from Crowe and Mason Degenkolb pushed Taylor to the lead and a Crowe stickback capped a 10-0 surge that put the Trojans up by a 22-17 count. Crowe stayed locked in and buried another triple to open up a 25-19 spread but Goshen netted the next seven points and TU took a 32-30 lead to the intermission.
Taylor made six-of-12 looks from beyond the arc in the first half but hurt itself with eight offensive turnovers. Goshen did not commit a turnover in the opening stanza and used a 20-10 edge in paint points to fuel its offense.
TU had much more success against the GC zone in the second half, picking it apart with four makes in its first five tries from three-point range to open a 52-43 cushion with 13:46 to play.
Goshen battled back to within a single point before Crowe's final trey of the game made it a 64-60 lead for Taylor with 4:19 showing on the clock. The Trojans did not score again until the eight second mark, when Degenkolb found Heggeland in the paint for the game-winning score (Watch Heggeland game-winning basket).
Taylor connected on 12-of-27 three-point shots for a 44.4-percent clip and committed only three second-half turnovers while winning the battle on the glass by a 35-30 margin. TU also assisted on 21-of-25 hoops against the zone.
Crowe led the way with 22 points on six-of-13 from deep, while adding seven rebounds and two assists. Heggeland finished with 12 points, seven boards and one block, with Keaton Hendricks moving to within 22 points of 1,000 for his career with 10. Tim Fleming dished out eight assists and Mason Degenkolb closed with eight points and five helpers.
The 66 points marked TU's lowest scoring total of the season but the Trojans limited Goshen to 43.5-percent shooting to improve to 11-1 on Paul Patterson Court this season. Taylor also moved to 7-0 on the season when outrebounding its opponent.
No. 15 Taylor (15-5, 6-2 CL) will play at No. 9 Bethel (17-3, 7-1 CL) on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 pm in a battle for the top spot in the Crossroads League standings at the midway point of league play.