NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Purdue University Northwest men’s basketball team picked up an 81-76 victory over Holy Cross College Saturday afternoon.
The Pride (13-14, 11-8 CCAC) earned its second-straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory, and completed the series sweep of the Saints (13-15, 9-10 CCAC).
With the Black and Gold earning its 11th CCAC victory of the season, and Calumet St. Joseph defeating St. Francis earlier in the day, there is now a three-team tie at the top of the CCAC South Division with CCSJ, USF and the Pride, and just two games remaining on the season.
PNW was led by sophomore guard Chandler Spring (Covington, Ind./Covington) who recorded 22 points with five trifectas while Mike Williams (Gary, Ind./Lew Wallace) chipped in with 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting.
Senior Cyril Lewis (Houston, Texas/Virginia Union) added 13 points with five rebounds and a pair of steals, while Duron Ivery (South Bend, Ind./Washington) came off the bench and knocked down a pair of three-point field goals and finished with 10 points.
Holy Cross would take an 11-8 lead early on in the opening half, but the Black and Gold answered quickly and took control to take a 46-35 advantage at halftime.
The Saints would catch fire in the beginning of the second half, after a trifecta from Ryan Lutz put the Saints down one, 55-54 with 13:31 left to play.
PNW answered quickly with a run of its own, after a three pointer from Spring jumped the Pride out to a 10-point lead, 67-57.
It was a back and fourth battle in the final minutes of play, with the Saints coming back to cut its deficit to one, 74-73 after a trifecta from Travon Brackett.
Some clutch free throw shooting from Lewis in the last few minutes of the game helped secure the victory for the Pride, 81-76.
The Black and Gold return to action Wednesday, Feb. 15, when they host Trinity Christian in the final home game of the regular season in Westville. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CT).