Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 18, 2017 - posted by Seth Mikel
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Grace College
Grace (Ind.) 14-16, 6-12 CL294574
Taylor (Ind.) 20-10, 11-7 CL384381
Feb. 18, 2017
Upland, IN
Attendance: 628
Grace (Ind.)Indv. LeadersTaylor (Ind.)
#2 Braxton Linville - 18Points #35 Keaton Hendricks - 22
#50 Erik Bowen - 11Rebounds #35 Keaton Hendricks - 8
#30 Logan Godfrey - 3Assists 2 Players (#11,#23) - 3
Grace (Ind.)Team StatisticsTaylor (Ind.)
43.1% (25 - 58) Field Goals % 50% (27 - 54)
41.2% (7 - 17) 3 Point Field Goals % 45% (9 - 20)
65.4% (17 - 26) Free Throws 69.2% (18 - 26)
37Rebounds 34
8Assists 11
9Turnovers 8
122nd Chance Pts 10

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UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor closed its 2016-2017 regular season with an 81-74 Senior Day victory over Grace inside Odle Arena on Saturday. The victory gave TU its first 20-win regular season since 2011-2012 and its 27th 20-win campaign in program history.


The 81-point total gave Taylor 16 outings of at least 80 points this season, marking the highest single-season tally for the program since Don Odle's club did so 21 times during the 1972-1973 season.


TU led throughout much of the game against the Lancers, holding at least a share of the lead over the final 25:24 of game action and never trailing by more than three points to the guests.


Taylor closed the opening half on a 14-3 spurt to take a nine-point cushion to the break and pushed it to 13 with a pair of quick scores out of the intermission.


Grace (14-16, 6-12 CL) fought back to tie the game on two occasions in the final stanza but back-to-back buckets from Keaton Hendricks capped a 7-0 answer from the Trojans that made it a 66-59 contest with 3:56 to play and TU held that margin at the final buzzer.


Hendricks ended with a game-high 22 points with eight rebounds, after sinking five-of-nine looks from the perimeter. The 22 points marked the fourth 20-point effort for Hendricks this season and helped the junior become the 37th player in TU program history to surpass 1,100-career points.


Eric Cellier remained red-hot with 19 points on five-of-eight shooting and dished out three assists, while Jake Heggeland connected on six-of-seven shots for 16 points to go with five boards.


Tim Fleming chipped in nine points, four boards, three assists and two steals, with Vivian Aiken continuing his strong finish to the season with seven points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 13:09 of action.


RV Taylor (20-10, 11-7 CL) finished the regular season in a tie with No. 19 Saint Francis for third place in the league standings and will take the fourth seed in the upcoming Crossroads League Tournament.


The Trojans will host RV and fifth-seeded Spring Arbor (17-13, 9-9 CL) in a CL Tournament Quarterfinals clash inside Odle Arena on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 pm.


The game will mark the first time that TU has hosted a first-round game in the league tournament since defeating Marian on February 22 of 2006, and will be TU's first home league tournament game since defeating Huntington in the semifinals on February 23, 2013.

Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 Neutral: 0-0 Crossroads: 0-0