|Taylor (Ind.) 17-7, 8-4 CL||43||36||79|
|Marian (Ind.) 12-12, 3-9 CL||56||41||97|
|Jan. 28, 2017|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Marian (Ind.)|
|#23 Eric Cellier - 23||Points||#10 James Crowley - 26|
|#53 Vivian Aiken - 8||Rebounds||#15 Patrick Bell - 8|
|3 Players - 3||Assists||#4 Wesley Stowers - 10|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Marian (Ind.)|
|44.8% (30 - 67)||Field Goals %||65.5% (38 - 58)|
|41.9% (13 - 31)||3 Point Field Goals %||64.7% (11 - 17)|
|66.7% (6 - 9)||Free Throws||62.5% (10 - 16)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
INDIANAPOLIS – The numbers did not hold up on Saturday, as No. 16 Taylor's top-ranked defense in Crossroads League play yielded a season-worst 97 points against the lowest-rated offense in the league in a 97-79 upset defeat at Marian.
The Knights entered play ranked last in the league with 72.3 points per game but flipped the script on the Trojans with a blistering first half performance. MU drilled 21-of-32 shots from the field and poured in 56 points for the highest single-half point total allowed by TU this season.
The 56-first half points nearly matched MU's game total in Taylor's 82-67 blowout win over the Knights inside Odle on January 7. Taylor held Marian to 22 first-half points in that game and led by as many as 28 in the lopsided affair.
Marian (12-12, 3-9 CL) returned the favor on Saturday, withstanding a short-lived challenge from TU midway through the second half by finishing the game on a 26-13 spurt to easily pull away.
The Knights remained red-hot throughout the contest, hitting 65.5 percent from the floor in the affair, including an 11-of-17 showing from the perimeter. MU also had its way in the post, scoring 42 points in the paint.
Eric Cellier scored 19 first-half tallies off the bench to keep the Trojans within striking distance early and ended with a career-high 23. Mason Degenkolb finished with 20 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks, while Evan Crowe and Keaton Hendricks combined for 23 points and Vivian Aiken grabbed a team-best eight rebounds.
The loss dropped the Trojans to 17-7 overall and 8-4 in league play. TU maintained its two-game cushion in third place in the standings however and now sits two games up on Saint Francis, Mount Vernon Nazarene and Spring Arbor with six contests remaining in the regular season.
No. 16 Taylor will return to action on Tuesday, when it hosts No. 20 USF (16-8, 6-6 CL) in a pivotal top-25 clash on Paul Patterson Court at 7:00 pm. The game will be the first top-25 showdown in Odle Arena since February 12, 2013.