|Indiana Wesleyan 21-6, 11-4 CL||33||42||75|
|Taylor (Ind.) 17-10, 8-7 CL||42||27||69|
|Feb. 7, 2017|
|Indiana Wesleyan||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|#23 Lane Mahurin - 22||Points||#23 Eric Cellier - 22|
|#23 Lane Mahurin - 8||Rebounds||#35 Keaton Hendricks - 12|
|3 Players - 4||Assists||#11 Tim Fleming - 4|
|Indiana Wesleyan||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|40.7% (22 - 54)||Field Goals %||42.9% (24 - 56)|
|21.4% (3 - 14)||3 Point Field Goals %||40% (8 - 20)|
|77.8% (28 - 36)||Free Throws||76.5% (13 - 17)|
|2||2nd Chance Pts||4|
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor and Indiana Wesleyan went toe to toe inside a raucous Odle Arena on Tuesday night, with the ninth-ranked Wildcats needing a second-half rally to overcome a determined TU squad by a 75-69 margin.
TU led throughout the entire opening 20 minutes of action after netting the first seven points of the contest, and controlled a 42-33 lead at the break. The Trojans shot 56.0 percent from the field and got 18 points from Eric Cellier on seven-of-nine shooting and a perfect three-of-three from downtown.
Taylor maintained its lead and still held a nine-point spread at the 10:33 mark, before Indiana Wesleyan (21-6, 11-4 CL) rattled off eight-straight points and outscored TU by a 26-7 over the next 8:19 of game action to build a 70-60 spread with 2:14 to play.
Keaton Hendricks gave TU late life with a four-point play in the final minute to draw the Trojans within five with 48 ticks remaining and Cellier made it a four-point game with three seconds left but IWU held on for the 75-69 win.
The Trojans turned to Hendricks and Cellier throughout the contest and the pair answered the bell repeatedly by combining for 43 points on 15-of-31 shooting and seven-of-14 from beyond the arc.
Hendricks posted his second double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while dishing out two assists and racking up 38:28 of court time. Cellier ended with a game-high 22 points in his first starting assignment of the season, while pulling down five rebounds and setting a new career-best with four steals in 38:16 of work.
RV Taylor (17-10, 8-7 CL) will be back in action on Saturday, when it plays at Goshen in a 3:00 pm tip.