|Taylor (Ind.) 15-6, 6-3 CL||38||40||78|
|Bethel (Ind.) 18-3, 8-1 CL||53||38||91|
|Jan. 17, 2017|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Bethel (Ind.)|
|#13 Ryan Robinson - 20||Points||#32 Nick Kindig - 22|
|#21 Evan Crowe - 6||Rebounds||#43 Paul Forman - 11|
|2 Players (#23,#25,#21) - 1||Assists||2 Players (#10,#42) - 3|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Bethel (Ind.)|
|40.6% (28 - 69)||Field Goals %||44.8% (30 - 67)|
|29.2% (7 - 24)||3 Point Field Goals %||34.8% (8 - 23)|
|78.9% (15 - 19)||Free Throws||88.5% (23 - 26)|
|6||2nd Chance Pts||13|
MISHAWAKA, Ind. – A streaking No. 9 Bethel men's basketball team stayed locked in on Tuesday night, pouring in 53 first-half points and cruising to a seventh-straight victory with a 91-78 result over No. 15 Taylor.
The outcome followed a familiar trend in the series between BC and Taylor, with the home squad having won six-straight and 11 of the last 12 meetings on the hardwood between the two storied programs.
Both teams opened the night on fire and scoring at a torrid pace, as Taylor knocked down its first five attempts and jumped to a 14-11 lead in the opening moments. The Trojans cooled rapidly however and missed their next eight looks. Bethel did not slow down and buried 10-of-14 shots to start the night, capitalizing on TU's drought to rattle off 16-straight points and open a 27-14 lead by the 13:04 mark.
The Pilots (18-3, 8-1 CL) used another 8-0 stretch later in the period to push the spread to 16 and carried a 53-38 lead to the break.
Taylor narrowed to within nine on multiple occasions after the break but another extended spurt from BC put the game away, as the Pilots broke open a 10-point contest with nine-straight tallies and rolled to the 91-78 win.
Bethel improved to 9-0 on its home court this season and maintained sole possession of first place in the Crossroads League standings. BC entered the night ranked No. 3 among NAIA Division II programs in rebounding margin and flexed its muscles with a notable 47-32 edge over TU on the glass, while also scoring the most points in a single half allowed by the Trojans all season with the 53-point first-half display.
Taylor fell to 4-3 against teams ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA Top-25 this season. TU entered play ranked No. 9 in the nation with 10.6 three-point makes per outing but turned in its worst showing from the arc this season with just seven makes at a 29.2-percent rate.
Ryan Robinson tried to keep TU close, netting a career-best 20 points on eight-of-16 shooting, while Tim Fleming also notched a career-high 14 points without a miss from the field in six tries. Mason Degenkolb added 17 points, while Lane Vander Hulst ended with 11 and Keaton Hendricks scored eight to move within 14 points of becoming the 39th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.
No. 15 Taylor (15-6, 6-3 CL) will return to action on Saturday, January 21 at Grace (9-12, 1-8 CL). The Trojans will be looking to snap a 12-game losing streak in Winona Lake that dates back to the 2006-2007 campaign when the ball goes up at 3:00 pm.