HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue University Northwest men’s basketball team dropped a 104-89 decision to NCAA Div. 2 opponent St. Joseph’s College Thursday night at the Fitness and Recreation Center.
The Pride (4-7) were led by senior guard Mike Williams (Gary, Ind./Lew Wallace) led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of 12 shooting while Chandler Spring (Covington, Ind./Covington) recorded 18 points, four rebounds and four steals.
Tyree Coe (Fishers, Ind./Fishers) scored 14 points while Franklin Nunn (Anderson, Ind./Liberty Christian) chipped in with 11 points to round out the leaders for the Black and Gold.
Pride jumped out to an early 7-2 lead over the Pumas, but St. Joseph’s would take the lead on a large run, to take a 25-12 advantage with 9:46 left in the first half.
The Pumas would extend their lead toward the end of the period to take a 53-33 advantage heading in to the break.
The Black and Gold trailed St. Joseph’s for the remainder of the second half, but continued to fight hard, cutting their deficit to 14 points, 96-82 with just over three minutes left in the game.
St. Joseph’s would keep its double-digit lead for the remainder of the game, leading the Pumas to a 104-89 victory.
Nick Jeffirs led the Pumas offensively with 18 points while Nic Williams finished the night with 17 points and seven rebounds.
The Black and Gold return to action Saturday, Dec. 10, when they travel to Chicago, Ill. for a CCAC contest with Robert Morris. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. (CT).