Coming off of their hard fought loss to the IWU Wildcats, the Taylor Trojans’ three-point offense struggled mightily on Saturday afternoon, making just three triples in 22 attempts in an 85-76 loss to No. 5 Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
The 13.6 percentage was the worst for the Trojans since their season opener against the University of Northwestern Ohio, where they shot three-of-23.
Despite their shooting woes, however, the Trojans stuck with the Cougars, trailing by just two points late in the opening stanza. But the Cougars responded with an 11-4 run to take a 42-33 lead at the break.
Taylor did not make a single trey in the first half, and started off shooting just one-for-15 on their way to a 19-point second half deficit from which they did not recover.
Midway through, the Cougars scored 12 straight points to take a 64-45 lead with 11:51 remaining in regulation. Mason Degenkolb scored five straight points to cut the Cougars’ lead to seven with 4:09 left to play, but the Trojans would not get any closer.
Ryan Robinson led the Trojans with 17 points and four assists, while Degenkolb came away with 16 points and five rebounds. Jason Hubbard and Jake Heggeland also scored in double figures for the Trojans, each collecting 10 points.