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Purdue Northwest Returns Home to Face Wayne State

Purdue Northwest Returns Home to Face Wayne State
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Purdue Northwest Returns Home to Face Wayne State

HAMMOND, Ind. -- Coming off an exciting road victory Saturday at Northwood, the Purdue Northwest (5-9, 1-5) men's basketball team returns to the Fitness and Recreation Center in Hammond for a GLIAC matchup with Wayne State (3-7, 3-3) on Thursday, Jan. 10. The game can be seen live on PNW Athletics' Facebook page.

SCOUTING PURDUE NORTHWEST

  • At 5-9 overall, the Pride have already more than doubled their win total from last season. 
  • The Black and Gold have won two of their last three, and got their first GLIAC win of the season in dramatic fashion, beating Northwood 88-84 after a Chandler Spring triple gave PNW its first lead of the game with 3:25 remaining. After going into the half down nine, the Pride roared out of the gates in the second half, as Tim Gilmore dropped 14 points in the final frame, finishing with a game-high 19.
  • Gilmore is now averaging 10.4 points per game, after scoring 18 and 19 respectively in the last two wins for Purdue Northwest.
  • The Pride have seven players with at least 100 points so far this season, as they have maintained one of the most balanced attacks in the conference.
  • PNW averages the second-most steals of anyone in the conference, as they nab 10.1 per contest.

SCOUTING WAYNE STATE 

  • The Warriors enter Thursday's game with a 3-7 record overall, but have gone 3-3 so far in GLIAC play. 
  • WSU has struggled on the road in 2018-19, as they are currently without a road win on the year (0-4).
  • Leading Wayne State are Darian Owens-White and Latin Davis, who average 18.3 and 16.3 points in conference play respectively. Karim Murray is also third in the conference with an average of 8.0 rebounds per game. 
  • The Warriors finished the 2017-18 with a 15-11 record, including a 13-7 mark in GLIAC play. They were defeated 88-74 in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament to Michigan Tech.

SERIES HISTORY VS. WAYNE STATE

  • Purdue Northwest and Wayne State are meeting for the third time, with Wayne State holding a 2-0 advantage in the series.
  • Wayne State swept the Pride last season, most recently winning 79-61 on Feb. 11, 2018 in Detroit. The Warriors also won 73-66 in Hammond on Dec. 2.
  • It will be the first time Pride head coach Boomer Roberts has faced Wayne State in his coaching career.