SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Purdue University Northwest men’s basketball team dropped a 75-70 decision to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent IU South Bend Saturday afternoon.
The Pride (11-14, 9-8 CCAC) were led by Torrance Johnson (Chicago Heights, Ill./Chicago Hope Academy) and Mike Williams (Gary, Ind./Lew Wallace) who chipped in with a team-high 14 points.
Duron Ivery (South Bend, Ind./Washington) recorded 12 points on four three-point field goals while Tyree Coe (Fishers, Ind./Fishers) added 11 points to round out the leaders for the Black and Gold.
After both teams were even at 16-16 with 14:29 remaining in the opening half, the Titans (12-14, 6-11 CCAC) when on a 9-2 run to take a 25-18 advantage midway through the period.
IUSB would extend its lead throughout the remainder of the half, taking a 44-34 lead heading in to the break.
The Titans would have a lead with under 10 minutes remaining in the final period, but the Black and Gold kept fighting and went on a run of its own to cut its deficit to one, 58-57.
Both teams would trade baskets for the next few minutes, with the Pride hanging tough and still trailing by one, 67-66 with 2:26 remaining.
IUSB would stop any final comeback efforts from the Black and Gold, while hitting some clutch free throws at the end and come away with the 75-70 win.
IUSB shot 53.1 percent from the field on the day, compared to 39.1 percent from the Black and Gold, but the Pride won the battle of the boards, 36-32.
Purdue Northwest had a stellar performance from the charity stripe, connecting on 11-of-12 free throws compared to 12-of-21 by the Titans.
The Black and Gold return to action Wednesday, Feb. 8, when they host the number one team in the CCAC North Division St. Francis (Ill.) at the Fitness and Recreation Center in Hammond. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CT).