INDIANAPOLIS - University took a lead in the fourth quarter after slowly crawling back from a double-digit deficit.

But then turnovers became a problem for the Trailblazers, and Heritage Christian took advantage of the miscues to propel itself to a 63-59 win.

Tyler Diehl scored in transition to put University ahead, 41-39, with 6:20 remaining in the game. But then the Trailblazers had to wait almost three minutes to even attempt another shot. They committed a turnover on their next five possessions.

By the time the errors subsided, Heritage Christian (8-13) had built a 50-41 lead with just three minutes remaining. University committed those turnovers in a myriad of ways, from illegal screens to bad passes out of bounds to a five-second violation.

"(The turnovers) did come at very inopportune times in the game," University coach Brandon Lafferman said. "Then we compounded that with a bad offensive foul, and two missed free throws in the fourth quarter that kind of got the ball rolling in the wrong direction."

Heritage Christian played well defensively to open the game, allowing just five points over the first seven minutes. The Eagles held a 15-5 lead late in the first quarter.

But the Trailblazers (12-9) slowly fought their way back into the game. Diehl's 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in the first quarter cut the deficit to four points, 15-11.

Christian Grubaums scored on a putback to tie the game at 22 late in the first half, and Diehl hit a 3-pointer to later tie the game at 25. Mikhail Liston and Connor Holly each made 3-pointers that tied the game in the third quarter.

"They did a great job to keep fighting and made some deep shots," Heritage Christian coach Corey Jackson said. "I thought their kids played with a lot of heart."

Holly finished with a game-high 26 points. He shot 5 of 12 from the field, but made 12 of 14 attempts from the free-throw line; and 4 of 8 from beyond the arc. Liston added 14 points and Diehl finished with 10 points.

But the turnovers at key moments late in the game marred those performances.

"When our five guys are playing together, we're tough, because they can all score," Lafferman said. "But sometimes we can get a little stagnant and Heritage Christian did a nice job of switching defenses, too."

Heritage Christian held a distinct size advantage in the post, with 6-foot-3 Luke Warner scoring a team-high 20 points and 6-foot-7 Jesse Kempson adding 16 points.

Warner scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half.

"He was just beating us down the floor and really hustling," Lafferman said. "On makes or misses on our end, he was just beating us down the floor and their guard was finding him for easy layups."