|Taylor (Ind.) 16-6, 7-3 CL||28||32||60|
|Grace (Ind.) 9-13, 1-9 CL||27||23||50|
|Jan. 21, 2017|
|Winona Lake, IN|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Grace (Ind.)|
|#15 Mason Degenkolb - 24||Points||#20 Tre Olive - 12|
|#35 Keaton Hendricks - 7||Rebounds||2 Players (#30,#50) - 7|
|#11 Tim Fleming - 4||Assists||2 Players (#2,#50) - 2|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Grace (Ind.)|
|36.8% (21 - 57)||Field Goals %||31.4% (16 - 51)|
|37.5% (6 - 16)||3 Point Field Goals %||11.1% (2 - 18)|
|63.2% (12 - 19)||Free Throws||69.6% (16 - 23)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||5|
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Mason Degenkolb scored a game-high 24 points and Ryan Robinson added 10 as the freshmen guards highlighted a 60-50 victory for No. 15 Taylor over Grace on Saturday in a rare win for the Trojans in Winona Lake.
The win was TU's first-ever inside GC's Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, which opened prior to the 2007-2008 season and had seen the Lancers win all 11 meetings on the hardwood against the Purple and Gold. Taylor had lost 12-straight games in Winona Lake in total, with the last win prior to Saturday's triumph coming on February 7 of 2006.
It took Taylor's finest defensive effort of the season to overcome the absence of the injured Jake Heggeland and a 36.8-percent shooting performance as a team. TU held Grace to 50 points on 31.4-percent shooting and limited the hosts to a 2-of-18 mark from three-point range.
With offense at a premium on both sides, Degenkolb pushed the Trojans to victory with 24 points on seven-of-15 shooting from the floor. Degenkolb also netted three makes from deep in four tries and went seven-of-10 from the charity stripe, while scoring 15 second-half points and collecting a career-high three steals.
Degenkolb's freshman backcourt mate, Robinson, was the only other TU player to reach double figures, as the duo combined to score 34 of TU's 60 points in the key road victory.
Eric Cellier and Joe Ingersoll joined Robinson with solid play off the bench, as each went two-of-two from the field and combined for nine points in the defensive struggle. Ingersoll also yanked down a career-high six rebounds and picked up a steal in nearly 18 critical minutes of work for the Trojans in the post.
Tim Fleming chipped in with a career-best six boards and dished out four assists to go with three steals and Keaton Hendricks led the squad with seven rebounds, while moving to within nine points of 1,000 for his career by putting five in the scoring column.
Grace (9-13, 1-9 CL) scored the first six points of the game and led throughout the majority of the opening 10 minutes of play. Taylor rallied for a five-point lead but needed a hoop from Cellier at the horn to take a 28-27 lead to the break.
A 9-0 stretch by the Trojans broke open a 33-33 tie and TU pushed its advantage to 11 points with 6:21 left in the contest. The lead dipped to four with 3:55 to go but a triple from Degenkolb stemmed the tide. Degenkolb added another long-range dagger to push the lead to nine with 70 seconds remaining and closed out the Lancers by netting 13 of the final 18 points of the contest for TU.
No. 15 Taylor (16-6, 7-3 CL) now sits one game back of No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan in the league standings and two games up on a pack of four teams tied for fourth. One of those teams will come to Odle Arena on Tuesday, as Spring Arbor (13-9, 5-5 CL) will challenge TU in a 7:00 pm tip.