In a game in which both teams shot over 50 percent and scored a combined 173 points, the Trojans came up just short, falling to the Huntington Foresters, 88-85, at Odle Arena on Tuesday night.
The Foresters shot 53.3 percent from the field and 12-of-25 from beyond the arc, while the Trojans shot 51.7 percent and 12-of-27 from the perimeter.
Neither team led by more than five points in the opening 20 minutes. The Foresters took a 45-40 lead at halftime, and built that advantage to six points, 48-42, in the early stages of the second half.
Later on, a 9-2 run gave the Trojans the lead at 51-50, and with 5:47 remaining, the Trojans regained their one-point advantage on a basket from Mason Degenkolb.
However, the Foresters responded with six straight points to reclaim the lead and opened an 83-76 spread with 1:34 left to play.
Taylor drew within 83-81 with 1:13 to play and 86-83 with 30 second s remaining, but they were unable to find the equalizer down the stretch.
Degenkolb, Ryan Robinson, CJ Penha, Vincent Miranda, and Jason Hubbard combined for 81 of Taylor’s 85 shots. Degenkolb led the way with 25 points on nine-of-17 shooting, moving to No. 9 on Taylor’s all-time scoring list, while Robinson collected 20 points and four assists. CJ Penha added 17 points and Miranda posted 10 points and six rebounds.