Taylor outscored Peru 12-5 over the first 4:40 of the fourth quarter to go up 49-34 on a Darian Stone basket with 3:22 to play. Stone, quiet over the first three quarters, scored all nine of his points in the final eight minutes, including back-to-back hoop-and-harms that gave Taylor a 43-34 lead.
Peru coach Jim Metcalfe pulled his starters with 3:00 to play and the Titans spent the rest of the game at the charity stripe, where they knocked down 7-of-10 over the final 2:10.
Taylor did an outstanding job limiting 6-foot-11 Peru junior Seth Adelsperger. Adelsperger scored 12 points and grabbed ten rebounds to lead the Tigers, but he had seven inches on Taylor’s tallest player. The Titans outmuscled the Tigers for a 34-27 advantage on the glass.
“He’s going to get his rebounds, just with his length,” Lewman said of Adelsperger. “We just concentrated on blocking out. Every possession, he was a focal point of our blockouts. We didn’t want him to get easy putbacks. I think we did a good job making him work.”
Eddie Childers chipped in 11 points for Peru. Sophomore Cole Schroeder scored eight for Taylor.