Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Taylor to Pass on Being Passive with SIU Next, Ace on the Attack

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Taylor to Pass on Being Passive with SIU Next, Ace on the Attack

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Troy Taylor realizes he didn't do much to help the cause the last time the University of Evansville played Southern Illinois, but he believes he learned an important lesson. Though the Aces won that Feb. 4 basketball game at the Ford Center by 18 points, Taylor's contributions that night were limited to eight points, one rebound, two assists and six turnovers.

The junior point guard knows that if he doesn't play much better than that today when the Aces face the Salukis at 2:05 p.m. CST at SIU Arena in Carbondale, Ill., UE could be in for a long afternoon.

"I just wasn't being aggressive like I should have been," said Taylor of the previous contest against the Salukis. "I was too worried about trying to pass a certain way instead of just playing. Most (of the turnovers) were off the press.

"Instead of me attacking the press, I was passive - and that's something I'm not anymore. I look back on that game and I don't ever want to get into that situation again."

So far, so good. In the 11 Missouri Valley Conference games since then, Taylor has averaged 4.81 assists and only 1.09 turnovers.

That's much better than the 3-to-1 turnover-assist margin he had against the Salukis. He also has averaged 6.27 rebounds, including grabbing at least 10 in four of the past eight games.

"He's playing with a lot of energy and confidence," said UE head coach Marty Simmons, whose team is 11-11 overall and 6-6 in the MVC. "I really believe that with Troy it all starts with rebounding the basketball and pushing it in transition."

With the Aces coming off their most dominating road win in 13 seasons, Taylor just wants to keep the positive vibes flowing.

His performance in Wednesday night's 92-62 rout of Bradley was comparatively quiet compared to some of his recent games. But with seven points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals, it was blue-collar solid.

"I believe 40 of our 53 points in the first half (against) Bradley was in the paint," said Taylor. "We were executing, making the extra pass. Guys were unselfish and everybody was aggressive.

"It got to the point where we were relentless." Overall, the Aces had 31 assists against the Braves - the most in Simmons' five seasons. …

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