|Spring Arbor (Mich.) 13-10, 5-6 CL||38||42||80|
|Taylor (Ind.) 17-6, 8-3 CL||40||42||82|
|Jan. 24, 2017|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.)||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|#2 Caleb Hogans - 20||Points||#15 Mason Degenkolb - 22|
|#22 Thomas Starks - 8||Rebounds||#21 Evan Crowe - 7|
|#11 Paul Marandet - 8||Assists||2 Players (#13,#35) - 3|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.)||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|51.8% (29 - 56)||Field Goals %||55.9% (33 - 59)|
|50% (11 - 22)||3 Point Field Goals %||37.5% (9 - 24)|
|73.3% (11 - 15)||Free Throws||58.3% (7 - 12)|
|2||2nd Chance Pts||4|
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor University freshman Mason Degenkolb scored the game-winning basket with four seconds remaining to lift the No. 16 ranked Trojans to an 82-80 victory over the Spring Arbor University men's basketball team Tuesday night inside Odle Arena.
Spring Arbor and Taylor have a history of dramatic games in recent years. The last seven meetings between the two teams have been decided by a combined 12 points with neither team ever posting more than a four point win in a single game.
FINAL SCORE: Spring Arbor 80, #16 Taylor 82
LOCATION: Odle Arena | Upland, Ind.
RECORDS: Spring Arbor 13-10 (5-6 CL), Taylor 17-6 (8-3 CL)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- For the third straight game, Spring Arbor took the floor against a Top 25 ranked opponent when it traveled to No. 16 Taylor Tuesday night.
- The Cougars scored the first seven points of the contest and would maintain the lead until the final minute of the half.
- Spring Arbor led by as many as eight in the period, but Taylor closed out the half on a 9-0 run to take a 40-38 advantage into the intermission.
- In the second stanza, senior Caleb Hogans began to heat up scoring 17 points in the first six minutes to put SAU back on top 60-52 at the 14:00 mark. Hogans was 5-for-6 from the field during that stretch, knocking down five three-pointers.
- Spring Arbor stretched its lead to nine, 77-68, with 5:57 to play, but Taylor would rally. The Trojans would hold the Cougars to just one field goal over the final six minutes while their offense erased the deficit.
- Taylor capitalized off an SAU turnover in the final minute to tie the game at 80-80. Then, after a defensive stop, got the go-ahead bucket from Degenkolb to complete the comeback.
FOR THE COUGARS
- Hogans finished with 20 points to lead Spring Arbor while Zach Medendorp and Paul Marandet followed with 16 points. In addition to his 16 points, Marandet hauled in five rebounds and dished out eight assists to match his season-high. Thomas Starks also scored in double figures with 12 points while grabbing eight boards.
- Spring Arbor shot 52 percent (29-for-56) from the field, including a scorching 11-for-22 from three-point range.
- The Cougars outscored the Trojasn 17-2 in fastbreak points.
FOR THE TROJANS
- Degenkolb paced Taylor with 22 points, scoring 17 of those in the second half. Keaton Hendricks added 18 points and Ryan Robinson finished with 10.
- The Trojans shot 56 percent (33-for-59) against the league's top defense.
- Taylor won the rebound battle, hauling in 31 boards compared to SAU's 25. The Trojans also outscored the Cougars in the paint 36-22.
Spring Arbor returns home to host Huntington University in the Hall of Fame game on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. At halftime of the game against the Foresters, Spring Arbor will recognize its three Hall of Fame inductees – Glenn Rutenbar, Amy (Douglass) Lassanske and Kim (Sturm) Adams – before officially inducting them in a ceremony that evening.