Taylor Men Suffer First Crossroads League Defeat
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – A short-handed Taylor men’s basketball team never looked comfortable on Wednesday, falling behind early and never recovering in an 84-54 loss at Mount Vernon Nazarene.
The Trojans turned in their worst showing of the season, shooting season-lows of 33.3 percent from the field, 22.2 percent from deep and 44.4 percent from the charity stripe. The missed chances kept TU from mounting any serious threat in the affair, as the squad went six-of-27 from deep and eight-of-18 from the free throw stripe.
Taylor also lost the battle on the glass for the first time all season and struggled to slow a Mount Vernon Nazarene (1-0, 1-0 CL) squad that was playing for the first time this season. The hosts beat TU on the boards by 17, shot 51.9 percent from the field and drilled 11-of-23 three-point tries.
The score matched those lopsided numbers, as the Cougars scored the first seven points of the game and never looked back on the way to a 27-10 start. The lead swelled to as many as 20 in the opening half and remained in double figures throughout.
Taylor only placed two players in double figures, as Vincent Miranda led the way with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists and Kaden Fuhrmann added 10 points. James McCloud followed with eight points.
Taylor (4-3, 2-1 CL) is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday, December 9 with a 7:00 pm game at No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan (9-0, 2-0 CL).