|Saint Francis (Ind.) 17-8, 7-6 CL||33||52||85|
|Taylor (Ind.) 17-8, 8-5 CL||36||34||70|
|Jan. 31, 2017|
|Saint Francis (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|#10 Chandler White - 22||Points||#15 Mason Degenkolb - 20|
|2 Players (#2,#31) - 9||Rebounds||#21 Evan Crowe - 11|
|#4 Kegan Comer - 5||Assists||2 Players (#11,#15) - 4|
|Saint Francis (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|52.8% (28 - 53)||Field Goals %||42.9% (27 - 63)|
|30.4% (7 - 23)||3 Point Field Goals %||27.8% (5 - 18)|
|73.3% (22 - 30)||Free Throws||55% (11 - 20)|
|4||2nd Chance Pts||6|
UPLAND, Ind. – No. 16 Taylor and No. 20 Saint Francis hooked up in a critical Crossroads League affair on Tuesday night inside Odle Arena and traded blows until USF closed on a 12-0 run to take an 85-70 victory over the Trojans.
The contest never shifted to more than a five-point advantage for either side during a contested opening 20 minutes of action, with TU leading over the final 5:08 and getting a bucket from Eric Cellier at the buzzer for a 36-33 lead at the intermission.
Neither side shot the ball well in the first half, as both teams connected at less than a 40-percent rate. Taylor used a balanced attack with five players netting at least five points, while Evan Crowe paced the squad with nine points on four-of-eight shooting.
The pace quickened after the break, with Mason Degenkolb and Keaton Hendricks combining to drill TU's first seven shots of the final stanza. The blitz opened up a 50-42 lead for Taylor with 15:48 remaining.
The Cougars battled back with a 14-4 spurt to reclaim a 56-54 edge and the two sides again went toe-to-toe over the next nine minutes of action, until Jake Heggeland's hoop in the paint brought TU within 73-70 with 3:32 remaining.
Heggeland's deuce would be the final points of the contest for the Trojans, as TU missed its final nine shots, including four tries from the charity stripe and saw Saint Francis pull away for the 15-point victory.
No. 20 Saint Francis (17-8, 7-6 CL) outscored the Trojans by a 43-20 gap over the final 15:48 of action, shooting 17-of-25 from the field in the second half and connecting on 15-of-21 free throws while piling up 52 second-half points.
No. 16 Taylor (17-8, 8-5 CL) shot just eight-of-25 over the final 15:48 and went three-of-12 from the free throw line in the second half. The Trojans also hit a season-low five three-point shots in the loss, after hitting only one-of-nine tries over the final 20 minutes.
Degenkolb paced TU with a fourth-straight game of at least 20 points and added four assists and two steals. Heggeland, Hendricks and Crowe all netted 11 and Crowe also pulled down 11 rebounds for a team-leading third double-double of the season.
TU will look to bounce back when it travels to Mount Vernon Nazarene (17-8, 6-7 CL) for a 3:00 pm tilt on Saturday, February 4.