Against No. 4 Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Saturday afternoon, the Taylor Trojans used a 34-11 second half run to come away with an 81-70 upset victory.
With the win, Taylor recorded their second win over a top-15 opponent in their last three games.
The Trojans came out firing, racing out to a 27-16 advantage and knocking down four of their first five shots from beyond the arc. Ryan Robinson had the scorers’ touch, finishing with 21 points and five made three-pointers, but the Cougars shot six-of-eight from the perimeter in the opening 20 minutes to take a 44-40 lead.
After that, the Trojans took control, scoring the first nine points of the second half and leading for the final 18:29 of the contest.
Defensively, Taylor clamped down, forcing eight turnovers and holding the Cougars to just 11 points on four field goals. The Trojans took advantage, hitting four of their first nine looks from the perimeter and building a 74-55 cushion with 6:48 remaining.
While the Trojans did not score over the next 4:28, they gave up just six points, and a Mason Degenkolb basket with just over two minutes remaining helped Taylor cruise to the 11-point triumph.
Robinson finished the game with 29 points, three assists, and a steal, while Degenkolb collected 26 points on nine-of-15 shooting.
Jason Hubbard recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while James McCloud added seven boards and six points.