Trojans Top Wingate for Seventh Straight Win

Trojans Stay atop League Standings

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WINGATE, N.C. – Senior Taylor Shugart equaled his career-high with 24 points to lift the Anderson University men’s basketball team to a 70-54 South Atlantic Conference road win past Wingate Wednesday night at Cuddy Arena.  

Anderson (14-3, 9-0 SAC) also earned its seventh road win of the season en route to claiming its 11th victory in the last 12 outings. Wingate fell to 10-9 overall and 6-3 in league action, while having its win streak snapped at three.

The Trojans jumped out to a 13-5 lead inside the opening five minutes of the contest, as  Shugart scored six of his 10 first-half points, but the Trojans went cold, enabling the Bulldogs to go on an 8-2 run to take a brief one-point, 16-15, lead with 12:22 on the clock.    

But Anderson responded with seven unanswered points as part of a 9-2 run to push back out to a 24-18 lead, with Shugart igniting the surge and guards Nick Trull and Jo’el Lamb combining for the next five Trojan points.

A pair of free throws from junior guard Denzail Jones gave the Trojans a 29-23 advantage with just less than five minutes remaining in the opening half, before Wingate posted a 7-2 run to trim the AU cushion to just 31-30 at the 2:43 mark. Sophomore forward Kyle Sledge slowed the Bulldog run with a basket and the Trojans held a narrow, 36-35, edge at the half. 

Lamb notched the first basket of the second frame to boost the Trojan lead to three and while Wingate trimmed the AU lead to one on three occasions, the Bulldogs were unable to recapture the lead over the final 20 minutes as Anderson countered each run.

The Trojans pulled away in the final four minutes of the game, when leading 57-51 with 4:31 left, AU closed the game with a 13-3 run, claiming its largest lead of the contest at 69-52 with 29 seconds remaining.

Shugart narrowly missed his fourth double-double of the season by recording nine rebounds, while  Trull added 14 points to claim the second spot on Anderson’s all-time scoring list with 1,354 career points. Lamb added nine points, a game-high 11 boards and two blocked shots.

Senior guard Jamie Vaughn, the reigning SAC Player of the Week, was the lone Bulldog to reach double figures with 11 points.

The Trojans begin the second half of the South Atlantic Conference double round robin schedule by playing host to Brevard Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. AU will be seeking a sweep of the regular-season series after having defeated the Tornados, 66-62, in overtime back on Nov. 30.

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