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Patterson alum Grogan scores 39 in Wiley College victory
The Wiley College men's basketball team held Jarvis Christian College under 40% shooting in an 80-66 victory on Saturday in a Red River Athletic Conference game at Rand Gymnasium.
The victory snaps a two-game losing streak, and the Wildcats won their second game away from Alumni Gymnasium. They move into a tie for fourth with the University of the Southwest, which lost to No. 11 Louisiana State University-Alexandria.
"Our defense showed up today," Wiley College head coach Chase Campbell said in a news release. "It helped us get going offensively. These guys guarded their tails off and wanted to get this game."
After allowing the Bulldogs to hit six three-pointers in the first half, Wiley College limited them to two on 10 attempts in the second half. It out-rebounded Jarvis Christian 49-34 and 37-26 on the defensive glass. Senior Jerrell Doorbal had his second double-digit rebounding performance with a season-high of 12. Senior Travious Grubbs followed with 10 while also tallying 10 points for his fourth double-double.
Offensively, senior Taylan Grogan, a Patterson High alum, led all scorers with 39 points, hitting 15-of-23 attempts. It is his fifth game scoring 30 or more points. He contributed seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
Senior Stephen Taylor followed with 14 points. He was 4-for-4 from three-point territory. Junior Devin Ellis put up 10 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block.
"Taylan made plays all night long," Campbell said in the news release. "He had a good practice on Friday. He approached the game with a business mindset and took control from the opening tip. Jerrell was a mad man on the glass. He was tougher than his opponent. He's special and playing hard right now."
The Wildcats held a three-point lead at halftime despite only shooting 33.3%. The lead changed hands 11 times in the first half. Doorbal scored off a pass from freshman Gregory Gallon to give Wiley College the lead for the rest of the half.
Wiley College didn't trail in the second half. The Bulldogs tied the game twice. The Wildcats went on an 11-2 run to push their advantage to double digits. They led by as many as 14.
Jarvis Christian made a run to cut the lead to six with less than five minutes remaining. However, Taylor hit two three-pointers to increase the advantage to 12.
“His threes were daggers down the stretch,” Campbell said in the release. “For Steve, it all started on the defensive end, and he got going. We kept finding him."
The Wildcats will not play until Saturday when they begin the second half of Red River Athletic Conference play at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.