Patterson alum Grogan scores 36 in Wiley College loss to Dillard
The Wiley College men’s basket-ball team overcame a double-digit deficit in the second half but couldn’t pull out a victory in a 91-90 loss at 25th-ranked Dillard University Saturday.
The Wildcats (3-6) trailed by 13 with 14:36 left in the game. Travious Grubbs scored six points to spark an 11-2 run. Patterson High alum and Wiley College senior point guard Taylan Grogan, who scored 18 points in the first half, scored his first points of the second half to cut Dillard’s lead to two with 8:43 left.
Trailing by seven with over two minutes remaining, Grogan got a steal and scored. The Bleu Devils turned it over again. Grogan scored to cut the lead to three. Jamir Cheek scored off a pass from Grubbs to tie the game with 1:17 left.
However, Dillard hit a three to take the lead for good. The Wildcats had a chance to win in the final seconds but turned over the ball.
Grogan recorded his third game with 30 or more points with 36. He shot 13-for-23 from the field and added five steals and four rebounds. Grubbs equaled his career-high with 22 points while contributing seven rebounds. Stephen Taylor finished in double figures with 12 points. He made three of four 3-point attempts. Adrian Dick scored his first points of the season, finishing the game with 10.
Grogan hit two three-pointers to give Wiley Col-lege an early lead. Dick hit two threes to give it a 13-point lead.
The Wildcats took ad-vantage of turnovers by the Bleu Devils, scoring 20 points. They tallied 35 points off 22 takeaways.
The Bleu Devils (10-6) stormed back and took a six-point edge. They shot 48 percent in the first half and 47 percent for the game. The Wildcats shot 47 percent but hit fewer 3-pointers with nine to Dillard’s 14. They also missed 11 free throws, while the Bleu Devils hit 15-of-21.
Wiley College will resume Red River Athletic Confer-ence play Thursday at home against Paul Quinn College at Alumni Gymnasium in Marshall, Texas.