TU Rides Second-Half Surge Past No. 4 MVNU

 

UPLAND, Ind. – A 34-11 start to the second half turned the game in Taylor’s favor and the Trojans secured an 81-70 upset of No. 4 Mount Vernon Nazarene for their second win over a Top-15 foe in their last three outings.

 

Ryan Robinson and TU started the day on fire, bolting to a 27-16 lead behind a four-of-five start from deep by Robinson. The senior finished the opening half with five triples and 21 points, but MVNU (16-2, 4-2 CL) drilled six-of-eight looks from beyond the arc and shot 64.0 percent overall to take a 44-40 lead to the break.

 

The second half started with nine-straight points for Taylor and the lead would not be relinquished by the Purple and Gold over the final 18:29, with TU holding a double-digit spread over the final 9:55 of game action.

 

The game turned on the dominate start to the final stanza for the Trojans, as TU forced eight Cougar turnovers and only allowed 11 points on four field goals in the first 13:12 of the period. Taylor took full advantage by drilling four of its first nine looks from the perimeter and opened up a 74-55 spread with just 6:48 to play.

 

The Trojans would not score over the next 4:28 but only gave up six points during that stretch, with Mason Degenkolb ending the drought with a bucket to push the lead back to 15 with just over two minutes remaining and sending Taylor to the 81-70 victory.

 

Robinson finished the contest with season-highs of 29 points and six three-pointers made, while adding three assists and a steal, while Degenkolb scored 17 of his 26 in the second half and finished nine-of-15 from the floor with a career-high four steals to go with three assists.

 

Jason Hubbard was a force throughout the win, collecting the sixth double-double of his season with 15 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. James McCloud added seven boards and six points, with Vincent Miranda turning in terrific perimeter defense to help limit the dangerous MVNU guards.

 

Taylor picked up 10 steals in the game, forcing 16 Cougar turnovers and posting an 18-2 advantage in fastbreak scoring. TU shot 51.9 percent in the final half and outscored Mount Vernon Nazarene by a 41-26 mark over the final 20 minutes after holding MVNU to just two-of-17 from deep and eight-of-35 overall in the stanza.

 

Taylor (10-8, 2-4 CL) will now turn its attention to Goshen (4-14, 0-6 CL) for a 7:00 pm start on the road on Tuesday.

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Taylor Men’s Basketball All-Time Scoring Leaders at a Glance

1 – Jim Bushur (1985-98) – 2213
2 – Casey Coons (2009-13) – 2138
3 – Forrest Jackson (1950-54) – 2059
4 – Eric Ford (2002-06) – 2023
5 – David Wayne (1988-92) – 1905
6 – Chuck Taylor (1965-69) – 1897
7 – Ralph Gee (1983-87) – 1816
8 – Steve Mozingo (1990-94) – 1790
9 – Dale Miller (1987-91) – 1717
10 – Gary Friesen (1971-75) – 1690
11 – Greg Jones (1976-79) – 1677
12 – Mason Degenkolb (2016-Pres) – 1673
13 – Jay Teagle (1986-90) – 1668
14 – Ryan Robinson (2016-Pres) – 1580
15 – Doug Bell (2003-06) – 1571