|Kalamazoo College 4-3||45||45||90|
|Dec. 19, 2013|
|Kalamazoo, Mich. (Anderson Center)|
|Marygrove||Indv. Leaders||Kalamazoo College|
|#00 Diante Taylor - 23||Points||#44 Adam Peters - 36|
|#00 Diante Taylor - 7||Rebounds||#42 Chase Baysdell - 9|
|#00 Diante Taylor - 7||Assists||#42 Chase Baysdell - 6|
|Marygrove||Team Statistics||Kalamazoo College|
|50.7% (35 - 69)||Field Goals %||47.8% (33 - 69)|
|41.7% (10 - 24)||3 Point Field Goals %||17.6% (3 - 17)|
|54.5% (6 - 11)||Free Throws||75% (21 - 28)|
|10||2nd Chance Pts||16|
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- A second half surge led by sophomore guard Diante Taylor (Battle Creek, Mich./Central) and freshman forward Jimmy Stewart (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte) brought the Mustangs all the way back from 18-down to tie the game, 73-73, before falling on the road Thursday (Dec. 19) to Kalamazoo College by a 90-86 final. The narrow defeat is the 13th of the season for the Mustangs as first year head coach Craig Covington heads into the holiday break hopeful his team is turning the corner.
"We're improving as a team every day," said Covington. "This team is young, but will battle every time out and we witnessed that tonight. I am proud of the guys and look forward to our California trip where we can hopefully continue to play strong like tonight."
The Mustangs (0-13) dug a huge hole to begin Thursday's non-conference tilt as the host Hornets rushed out to a 20-3 lead. The 17-point margin would be short lived as the Mustangs battled back to within 11 as the close of the first half, 45-34.
Marygrove did not get on the scoreboard until the 14:03 mark of the first half when sophomore guard Joe Zannetti (Warren, Mich./Woods Tower) knocked down a three-pointer.
In the second half, the Hornet lead would swell to 18 points, 63-45, with 13 minutes to play. Led by Stewart and Taylor, the youthful Mustangs stormed back behind a 25-10 run to pull the contest to within one possession as the Hornets clung to a 73-70 lead with 5:22 to play.
After forcing a Hornet turnover on the other end, Jimmy Stewart would connect on one of his four second half three-pointers to knot the game up, 73-73. The Mustangs would ride the hot hand of Stewart from there as he helped keep pace late with a stubborn Hornet squad.
Kalamazoo, fresh off a near upset of local NCAA Division II Wayne State, had one last push left as they went up 85-80 with just over a minute remaining. Sophomore Diante Taylor would answer with three of his team-high 23 points to bring the Mustangs to within two, 85-83, with 51 seconds left to play.
In the end, the Hornets would knock down free throws to escape the upset-minded Mustangs by the 90-86 final.
Taylor added to his team-leading 23-point night with seven assists and seven rebounds in the narrow setback. Jimmy Stewart connected on a season best six triples for all of his 18 points, while Kenny Enoex (Warren, Mich./Fitzgerald) added 14 points, six rebounds, and four blocks. With the four blocks, Enoex remains the leader in the NAIA in total blocks and blocks per game as of Dec. 19.
Freshman Elijah Ingram (Detroit, Mich./Consortium) added nine points on 4-of-9 shooting and five rebounds for the Mustangs.
Kalamazoo was led by Adam Peters with a game-high 36 points on an efficient 16-of-21 shooting performance.
UP NEXT: The Mustangs will take time off before heading west to California for a Dec. 30 & 31 holiday tournament at Westmont College.
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