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Late Push Falls Short As Leafs Drop Senior Day Matinee
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Taylor 18-10; 9-7273966
Goshen 10-18; 3-13293564
Feb. 11, 2017
Goshen, IN
TaylorIndv. LeadersGoshen
#25 Jake Heggeland - 20Points #44 Kevin Phillips - 18
#25 Jake Heggeland - 7Rebounds #44 Kevin Phillips - 8
#11 Tim Fleming - 6Assists #22 Devin Heath-Granger - 6
TaylorTeam StatisticsGoshen
46% (23 - 50) Field Goals % 52.8% (28 - 53)
36.4% (8 - 22) 3 Point Field Goals % 18.8% (3 - 16)
70.6% (12 - 17) Free Throws 71.4% (5 - 7)
30Rebounds 25
15Assists 9
10Turnovers 10
62nd Chance Pts 5
Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 11, 2017

GOSHEN, Ind. — Kevin Phillips and Xavier Newson led Goshen College in scoring with on their Senior Day, but Goshen dropped a Crossroads League men's basketball decision to Taylor University 66-64 Saturday at Gunden Gymnasium.

Jake Heggeland scored a game-high 20 points for Taylor (18-10, 9-7) while Eric Cellier and Keaton Hendricks each tossed in three triples for the Trojans. Phillips led all players with eight rebounds and all Maple Leafs with 18 points while Newson tallied 15.

Goshen (10-18, 3-13) outshot its foe by a margin of 52.8 percent (28-for-53) to 46 percent (23-for-50), but that margin was undone from beyond the arc and at the foul line. Taylor drained eight 3-pointers to the Maple Leafs' three and sank 12 foul shots while allowing five.

The Maple Leafs jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first 2:36 before TU used four baskets in five trips to go ahead 11-9 three minutes later. Despite holding their guests without a field goal for almost six minutes, GC never led by more than five in the first half and took a 29-27 halftime edge into the locker room.

Taylor took its first lead of the second half at the 15:42 mark, spawning a 6-0 Goshen run on two 3-point plays by Newson and Billy Geschke. That 39-34 lead would be the Leafs' high-water mark, though, as neither team led by more than five in the last 12 minutes.

Four straight Heggeland points tied the score at 41 before the teams traded blows in a two-point game over a four-minute stretch. Taylor pulled out to a 54-50 edge before going scoreless for almost three minutes as Geschke and Phillips scored to square the game with 3:35 remaining.

Devin Heath-Granger's layup with 1:31 to go gave GC a 61-60 lead, only to watch it be erased by a Heggeland bucket 16 seconds later. After a turnover, Goshen was forced to foul and Taylor went 4-for-4 at the line to stretch its lead to 66-61 with 16.1 seconds left.

Goshen had one last gasp, however: Conner Funkhouser's step-back trey from the left wing closed the score to 66-64 with 7.4 seconds remaining. Newson fouled 1.4 seconds later, sending Cellier to the line for a one-and-one. He missed the first shot, giving GC one last possession. Geschke's 3-pointer from the right corner with 1.2 seconds left was unsuccessful, however, and Taylor claimed the win.

Heath-Granger, a junior, and Taylor junior Tim Fleming tied for the game high with six assists, allowing Heath-Granger to tie 2015 graduate Stefon Luckey for sixth on GC's all-time list at 370 with two games left in his third season.

Taylor finished with a 30-27 edge on the glass, buoyed by 11 offensive caroms, seven boards from Heggeland and six from Cellier. Each team forced 10 turnovers and Phillips had the game's only two blocks.

Goshen closes its regular season by hosting Spring Arbor at 7 p.m. Tuesday and visiting Marian at 3 p.m. Saturday.