|Taylor (Ind.) 17-9, 8-6 CL||20||33||53|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene (Oh 18-8, 7-7 CL||30||32||62|
|Feb. 4, 2017|
|Mount Vernon, OH|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Mount Vernon Nazarene (Oh|
|#21 Evan Crowe - 15||Points||#21 Josh Ashwill - 27|
|#15 Mason Degenkolb - 8||Rebounds||#21 Josh Ashwill - 13|
|2 Players (#11,#15) - 3||Assists||#10 Jacob Paul - 3|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Mount Vernon Nazarene (Oh|
|26.7% (16 - 60)||Field Goals %||34.5% (19 - 55)|
|25% (5 - 20)||3 Point Field Goals %||26.1% (6 - 23)|
|80% (16 - 20)||Free Throws||72% (18 - 25)|
|13||2nd Chance Pts||4|
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Taylor's worst shooting performance under Josh Andrews extended TU's losing streak to three, as the Trojans made only 16 shots in a 62-53 loss at RV Mount Vernon Nazarene on Saturday.
Despite shooting 26.7 percent from the field, Taylor nearly overcame a 17-point second-half deficit by closing to within a single point on three occasions in the final minutes. A three-point shot brought TU within one for the final time with 3:20 remaining, before MVNU (18-8, 7-7 CL) scored the next seven points and closed on a 12-4 stretch to secure the win.
The play of sophomores Evan Crowe and Jake Heggeland provided the lone highlights for the Trojans, as Crowe ended with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Heggeland added eight points, seven boards and two steals. Crowe and Heggeland were nine-of-21 from the field, while the rest of the squad shot 17.9 percent.
Taylor made only 16-of-60 attempts from the field at a team, while posting season lows in points, field goal percentage, three-point makes and three-point field goal percentage. TU made only five-of-20 looks from deep, while its 26.7-percent rate from the field was its worst of four-year head coach Josh Andrews' tenure on the bench with the Trojans.
No. 16 Taylor (17-9, 8-6 CL) slid into a three-way tie for third in the Crossroads League standings with Saint Francis and Spring Arbor, while MVNU moved to within a single game of that pack with four contests remaining in the regular season.
TU will return to Paul Patterson Court to host No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan (20-6, 10-4 CL) on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm.