Late Free Throws Sink Trojans on the Road
SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Spring Arbor sank two free throws to break a tie with one-second remaining and send the Trojans home in defeat on Saturday afternoon.
After a first half that saw Taylor score a mere 23 points and trail by 12 points at the break, a second-half comeback bid was thwarted at the final whistle.
The Cougars extended the lead to fifteen shortly after halftime before TU started to close the gap. A 14-0 run put the Trojans within one and grabbed their first lead since two minutes into the game at 43-42.
Both teams traded baskets for the rest of the way until Spring Arbor built a four-point lead late in the game.
Taylor (12-9, 6-5 CL) scored four straight points to tie the game at 64 and had a chance to take the lead with under 30 seconds left.
The shot missed its mark, and Spring Arbor (9-12, 3-8 CL) held the ball for the final shot, and after missing the attempt, grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled to get to the line for the deciding free throws.
The Trojans were in a tight battle before the Cougars went on a 15-3 run to take a 29-15 lead.
Jason Hubbard collected another double-double with 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Trojans. Hubbard now sits in a tie for 23rd on the Crossroads League all-time points leaderboard with 2,277.
Jackson Lewis continued his strong play as of late scoring 16 points and providing three assists. The sophomore guard has shot 50 percent or better in five straight games while hitting a three in eight straight.
TU struggled from beyond the arc, making only five of 22 attempts, and was called for eight more fouls than the Cougars, resulting in five fewer shots from the charity stripe.
Taylor stays on the road to face Goshen (2-18, 0-10 CL) on Wednesday, January 24, in Crossroads League action, with tip-off scheduled for 8:00 pm.