HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue University Calumet men’s basketball team could not keep pace with Calumet St. Joseph, falling 81-68 on Saturday afternoon. The Peregrines dropped their third-straight game, as they fell to 7-11 overall and 2-5 in conference action.
Defense was the story in the first half, as the two teams combined for only 41 points in the period. The Black and Gold struggled from the field in the period, managing just 22.2 percent shooting in the period before heading into halftime with a seven-point deficit, 24-17.
The Crimson Wave put the game away early in the second half, scoring the first six points of the period on back-to-back treys from Wilfredo Escobar. PUC answered with a 5-0 run, cutting the lead to single-digits, 36-27, on Michael Patton’s tip-in. However, Calumet St. Joseph continued to pour it on, maintaining a double-digit lead the rest of the way out.
Purdue Calumet shot 55.9 percent from the field in the final stanza to finish with a 38.6 field goal percentage, but it was the Crimson Wave’s blistering shooting in the period that proved to be the storyline. CCSJ hit 63.6 percent of its shots from the field and knocked down 23-of-31 free throws in the second half to take home the victory.
PUC posted a 42-37 advantage on the boards, while pulling down 17 offensive rebounds in the game. The Black and Gold got just six points from its bench, after entering the game with 33.4 points per contest from its reserves.
Neal Hudson led four Peregrines in double-figures with 20 points. Michael Patton notched his third double-double of the year, dropping in 15 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. Andrew Anderson added 14 points a game-high six assists, while Kameron Bright finished with 11 points and six caroms.
Purdue Calumet will be back in action next Thursday, January 20, at Robert Morris. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.