HAMMOND, IND. --- The Purdue Northwest men’s basketball team was defeated Saturday 79-62 by the Grand Valley State Lakers Saturday inside the Fitness and Recreation Center on the Hammond campus. Forward Tim Gilmore paced PNW with 14 points and a pair of rebounds and assists.
Despite being dominated on the boards, the Pride kept it close throughout the first half. Jake Van Tubbergen scored 14 over the first 20 minutes and had all ten of the Lakers’ attempts from the foul line. Tim Gilmore scored 12 points in 15 minutes of action as he connected on four first-half triples.
After trailing by 10 at the break, PNW continued to weather the storm and cut the lead to as little as four after Durante Lee got an and-one finish with 16:20 to play on the assist from Gilmore. The Lakers then proceeded to go on a 20-8 run to take control of the game. The Pride would continue to rally but ultimately fell by a final of 79-62.
Durante Lee made five of his eight attempts from the field and added 12 points for the Pride, while Greg Boyle had his second double-digit scoring effort of the season as he had 10 points, three steals, and three rebounds.
The Lakers owned a 58-36 advantage in rebounding, and were able to cash in on 22 second chance points. The Black and Gold were also plagued by a lackluster 57.1% from the free throw line.
Head Coach Boomer Roberts
“Credit to Grand Valley for their defensive performance tonight. It’s very difficult to beat good teams when you shoot the ball as poorly as we have this week, but we’re giving ourselves chances by competing on D. Our guys are fighting, which is the first step in learning how to win. And with the level of character we have in the locker room, we’re confident we will turn the corner soon.”
Next week, the Pride will host a non-conference opponent as they will welcome the Moody Bible Archers to John Friend Court. That game will tip off Dec. 4 at 7 pm (CST).