|Taylor (Ind.) 19-10, 10-7 CL||41||40||81|
|Huntington (Ind.) 15-14, 6-11 CL||38||33||71|
|Feb. 14, 2017|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Huntington (Ind.)|
|#35 Keaton Hendricks - 19||Points||#3 Konner Platt - 14|
|#31 Lane Vander Hulst - 9||Rebounds||#3 Konner Platt - 8|
|#11 Tim Fleming - 4||Assists||#10 Mike Bush - 10|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Huntington (Ind.)|
|38.5% (25 - 65)||Field Goals %||40.6% (26 - 64)|
|34.6% (9 - 26)||3 Point Field Goals %||26.7% (8 - 30)|
|78.6% (22 - 28)||Free Throws||84.6% (11 - 13)|
|9||2nd Chance Pts||17|
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Four Trojans scored in double figures and six-of-eight players to take the court chipped in at least six points, as Taylor turned in an all-around team effort to earn an 81-71 road win over Huntington on Tuesday night.
The win locked up a top-four seed for Taylor in the upcoming 2017 Crossroads League Tournament, giving TU a quarterfinal game inside Odle Arena on Wednesday, February 22 and securing the program's first home quarterfinal game since 2006.
TU led throughout much of the contest, opening up a 17-10 margin early on back-to-back treys from Graham Ortmann and Keaton Hendricks. Another three-ball from Hendricks pushed the spread to nine and a triple from Tim Fleming sent Taylor to the break with a 41-38 lead after Huntington had used a 20-11 spurt to draw even.
The Forester (15-14, 6-11 CL) surge continued in the opening minutes of the second half, as the hosts took a 43-41 lead before Jake Heggeland scored the next five points to stem the ride and reclaim a Trojan advantage.
Eric Cellier took over from there, netting seven-straight points to help Taylor widen the lead to 62-49 with 8:50 showing on the clock and TU never let Huntington any closer than six points for the remainder of the contest.
Hendricks posted a team-high 19 points for Taylor in the critical league win, while Heggeland broke out for another strong second half with 14 points and seven rebounds in the final 20 minutes after tallying two points and no boards in the first half.
Fleming matched a career-high with 14 points and stuffed the box score with five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 38:20 of court action. Fleming also helped to hold HU's leading scorer to just two points on one-of-10 shooting.
Cellier continued his strong play of late with 15 points and six rebounds, while fellow senior Lane Vander Hulst pulled down a career-best nine rebounds. Vivian Aiken and Graham Ortmann also contributed off the bench, with Aiken posting a season-high eight points and Ortmann knocking down a pair of triples for six points.
Taylor went 22-of-28 from the free throw line and committed only four turnovers to off-set a 38.5-percent field goal percentage as a team. TU also posted a 12-0 edge in points off turnovers, matched the Foresters on the glass and held HU to 40.6-percent shooting.
RV Taylor (19-10, 10-7 CL) will close its 2016-2017 regular season on Saturday at 3:00 pm when it hosts Grace (14-14, 6-10 CL) on Senior Day inside Odle Arena.