Read’s Second-Half Surge Boosts Grace to Fifth-Straight Victory

Pictured are (left to right) Greg Miller, Logan Irwin and Kyle Fillman celebrating Grace's comeback over Taylor

A 14-point deficit in the second half did not faze Grace’s men’s basketball team as the Lancers rallied for a dramatic 66-62 comeback win over Taylor on Saturday.

The Lancers picked up their fifth straight win in the Crossroads League to improve to 13-8 (5-5 CL). Grace now sits two games out of second place in the league standings.

Niko Read, who sat out the first half due to injury, sparked the Lancers after halftime. He scored 16 points in 16 minutes, sinking a trio of 3-pointers to propel Grace.

Grace trailed 38-26 at halftime after a frustrating first-half performance from the Lancers. Taylor increased its advantage to 42-28 with 18:08 remaining, but Read was ready to make his mark on the game.

Read scored eight points, including a pair of 3’s, as Grace went on a 13-0 run over a four-minute span. The Lancers turned a 12-point deficit into a one-point lead as Read’s breakaway layup gave the Lancers their first lead of the game with 10:18 remaining.

The lead changed hands six times over the final tense 10 minutes. With the Trojans (9-11; 3-6 CL) holding a one-point lead with 1:00 to play, Logan Irwin made the play of the game. He drove into the paint and scored while being fouled, converting the 3-point play to put Grace ahead 62-60 with 43.7 seconds on the clock.

Grace produced a steal on the next play and made a foul shot to go up by three. Taylor responded with two free throws to close the gap to one, but Niko Read sealed the win with three free throws in the final seconds.

Greg Miller led all players with 17 points and nine rebounds, making 6-of-10 from the floor. Logan Irwin added 15 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.

Niko Read’s 16 points and Kyle Fillman’s 11 points off the bench gave Grace a major boost. The Lancers won despite shooting just 40 percent from the floor, including 4-of-17 from beyond the arc. Grace only committed eight turnovers to aid its cause.

The Lancers will aim for a sixth-straight win on Tuesday when they travel to Marion, Ind., to take on the Indiana Wesleyan.

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