|Spring Arbor (Mich.) 13-10, 5-6 CL||38||42||80|
|Taylor (Ind.) 17-6, 8-3 CL||40||42||82|
|Jan. 24, 2017|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.)||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|#2 Caleb Hogans - 20||Points||#15 Mason Degenkolb - 22|
|#22 Thomas Starks - 8||Rebounds||#21 Evan Crowe - 7|
|#11 Paul Marandet - 8||Assists||2 Players (#13,#35) - 3|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.)||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|51.8% (29 - 56)||Field Goals %||55.9% (33 - 59)|
|50% (11 - 22)||3 Point Field Goals %||37.5% (9 - 24)|
|73.3% (11 - 15)||Free Throws||58.3% (7 - 12)|
|2||2nd Chance Pts||4|
UPLAND, Ind. – Keaton Hendricks scored 18 points to become the 39th player to reach 1,000 career points at TU and Mason Degenkolb netted a game-high 22, including the game-winner in an 82-80 comeback thriller over Spring Arbor inside Odle Arena on Tuesday night.
The game marked the 10th-straight meeting between Taylor and SAU that has been decided in regulation by no more than five points, or that has went to overtime. The Trojans have pulled out seven of those games, including both meetings this season by two points after SAU's game-tying attempts at the horn were off the mark.
Taylor needed a late comeback on Tuesday to pull out the victory, as the Trojans faced a 77-68 deficit with 5:57 remaining in the contest. Taylor had rallied late in the opening half to take a 40-38 lead to the break but SAU connected on 14-of-18 shots to open the second period, including eight makes in 10 looks from deep, to build the nine-point gap.
As it had all night, TU rallied back, this time scoring the next seven points to draw within two with 3:20 to play. Ryan Robinson drilled a key triple and had four of those seven points, while Vivian Aiken added a put back in the paint.
Degenkolb dialed up a three-ball from the top of the arc to again cut the margin to two with 2:43 left and Hendricks found Aiken in the paint for the game-tying score with 60 seconds showing on the clock.
A Taylor defensive stop set the stage for TU's final possession and Degenkolb drove to the rack and connected in traffic for the 82-80 lead with 4.5 seconds to play.
SAU (13-10, 5-6 CL) had one final look as time expired, but it was well off target and the Trojans improved to 12-1 on Paul Patterson Court with the two-point victory.
Taylor closed the game on a 14-3 stretch over the final 5:57 of game action, as the Cougars finished one-of-seven from the field during that stretch.
TU shot 55.9 percent in the contest and held a 36-22 advantage in scoring in the paint and a 26-10 edge in bench points. The Trojans also won the battle on the glass by a 31-25 margin to improve to 8-0 this season when outrebounding the opposition.
Degenkolb finished nine-of-11 from the floor to lead all players with 22, including 17 after the break. Degenkolb added the game-winner and a pair of steals, while Robinson chipped in 10 points and three assists and Aiken added six points, six rebounds and two blocks in nine minutes of action.
Hendricks closed with 18 points, six rebounds and three assists in 30:01 minutes of work, hitting seven-of-eight shots and scoring the first seven points of the game for the Trojans. Hendricks eclipsed the 1,000-point mark with a bucket in the lane at the 7:42 mark of the opening stanza.
No. 16 Taylor (17-6, 8-3 CL) will return to action on Saturday at Marian (11-12, 2-9 CL) in a 3:00 pm start in Indianapolis.