CHANDLER, ARIZ. – The Carroll College men’s basketball team won nine games in 28 games last season, head coach Carson Cunningham’s first. In his second season, the Saints surpassed that mark in style Thursday night with an 83-76 win over No. 19 Arizona Christian in a neutral site game in Chandler, Ariz..
“We were hoping for a shocker in the desert,” Cunningham said. “Thankfully, our guys really battled, chirped, and helped each other, and we were able to win a hard-fought tilt against a ranked team.”
Zach Taylor led the way for the Saints with 27 points and five assists. Oliver Carr score 16 for the Saints and Ryan Imhoff scored 15 points, his first double-digit game since an illness kept him out of several games earlier this season.
Jake Hollifield tallied a team-high 10 rebounds.
Arizona Christian jumped out to an early 13-6 before the Saint chipped away to take a 21-18 lead on a Hollifield layup with 6:47 left in the first half.
ACU ended the half on a 13-7 run to take a 31-28 lead into the break.
The Firestorm picked up the second half where they left off and built a 44-32 lead, the largest of the game, with 15:39 remaining in the second half.
“Arizona Christian is very good and managed to build a 12-point lead in the 2nd half,” Cunningham said. “But the Saints continued to fight and win, and it was inspiring to watch.”
The Saints chipped away at the ACU lead to tie the game at 59 with 8:06 left in the game. After trading leads the game was again tied at 65 with 5:02 left before Carroll took control.
The Saints went on a 17-5 run over the next 4:21.
ACU was able to cut the lead to seven in the final second but it was too little and the Saints prevailed 83-76.
Carroll is now 10-2 on the season and Arizona Christian falls to 6-3. The Saints play Thompson Rivers (British Columbia) tomorrow at 3:00 in the second neutral site game of the weekend. The game takes place on the campus of Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler.
CHANDLER, Ariz. – Carroll College men’s basketball fell to Thompson Rivers (British Columbia) 64-55 Friday evening in the second and final game of the Chandler-Gilbert Classic.
“We lost a physical battle versus a strong and big team,” head coach Carson Cunningham said. “It was frustrating because we were up 5 in the 2nd half but really struggled to get a shot to drop late.”
The Saints were led by Zach Taylor with 15 points, Ryan Imhoff with 14 points and Jake Hollifield with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Wolfpack was 11-of-25 from the 3-point line and three TRU players scored in double figures.
“Thompson Rivers' length and shooting proved too much,” Cunningham said. “They shot about 50 percent from three and we were 3 of 19. We need to learn from this and come back from Christmas break ready to improve.”
Carroll falls to 10-3 on the season, the game was considered an exhibition for Thompson Rivers.
The saints are off until Sunday Dec. 28th when they face the University of Utah in an exhibition game against the 14th ranked Utes.
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HELENA, Mont .- Carroll College Sophomore guard Zach Taylor averaged 23.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and two steals per game. The performance earned Taylor Frontier Conference Player of the Week Honors for the second time this season.
It is the fourth time this season that a member of the 9-2 Saints has received the honor.
He was 21 of 43 from the field including 6 of 14 3-point field goals. From the free throw line, Taylor hit 22 of 25 (88 percent).
Taylor scored 26 points in a 69-62 overtime win over Spring Hill College (Ala.), he poured in a season-high 31 points against Cal-Maritime to lead the Saints to a 75-67 victory and he finished the week with 13 points against Dickinson State in an 82-69 loss.
The Saints travel to Missoula Wednesday for an exhibition game against the Montana. The Grizzlies are 1-2 and coming off a 66-62 road win over Seattle U.
HELENA, Mont. – Zach Taylor scored a season-high 31 points to lead the Carroll College Fighting Saints to a come-from-behind 75-67 victory over Cal-Maritime Friday evening at the PE Center for their sixth straight win to move to 9-1 on the season.
"I'm glad that Helenans got to see this gritty bunch in action at home,” head coach Carson Cunningham said. “It'd been awhile. It's a little hard to fathom how well these Saints are fighting.”
Carroll trailed by 10 points late in first half but cut the deficit to 37-33 at the break. The Saints shot just 9-25 from the field in the first half. The Keelhaulers were 13-30 before halftime.
After the break the Saints offense got rolling. Carroll was 13-20 (.650) including 3-3 from the three-point line. Taylor scored 22 of his 31 points in the second half.
The Saints took the lead with 9:04 remaining in the game on a layup by Taylor. Carroll never trailed after that point.
Cal-Maritime cut the lead to 62-61 with 2:37 remaining but Carroll outscored the Keelhaulers 13-7 to close out the game.
“We're just gonna keep grappling, keep manning the sails, and see where this ship takes us,” Cunningham said. “Cal Maritime is full of tough sailors. They deserve a tip of the cap for their efforts. I think they're going to fare well this season.”
Along with Taylor’s 31, Oliver Carr added 17 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Saints. Cunningham also was excited about the defensive performance of Jake Hollifield.
“How about Jake Hollifield's inspiring defensive effort, Taylor's offensive dynamism, and a whole bunch of others' tough-minded play? It's fun to watch this Carroll group's spirited effort,’ Cunningham said. “We have another challenge tomorrow."
The Saints host Dickinson State tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the PE Center. Prior to the men’s game the Carroll women host Dickinson at 5:30 p.m. It is YMCA Youth Basketball night, any YMCA youth basketball player wearing their jersey will be admitted free with a paid adult.
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