Behind another strong performance from senior point guard Mason Degenkolb, the Taylor Trojans punched their ticket to the Crossroads League Tournament last Tuesday night, defeating the Huntington Foresters 75-72.
Degenkolb hit the game-winning three with 11 seconds left, helping the Trojans to secure their third straight victory.
Along with scoring 20 points, the sixth time in the last seven games he has reached the 20-point mark, Degenkolb also collected five assists and a career-high five steals.
CJ Penha recorded his fourth straight double-double, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Jason Hubbard recorded 16 points, seven rebounds, three blocks, and three steals. Ryan Robinson added 11 points and six helpers.
Taylor’s three-point shooting has proved excellent of late and was so again in the early stages of Tuesday’s contest. The Trojans knocked down five of their first nine three-point attempts to build a 30-18 lead, which included 10 points and eight rebounds from Penha.
TU took a 43-32 advantage into halftime, and extended their lead to 14 at the 16:47 mark of the second half.
With 5:15 to play, the Trojans held a 12-point advantage, but over the next 5:04, they did not score. Huntington cut into the lead, closing to within two points at 72-70, but that’s as close as the Foresters would get.
For the game, Taylor shot 50.8 percent from the field, while outscoring the Foresters by 16 points in the paint.