HAMMOND, Ind., & WESTVILLE, Ind. – The Purdue University men’s basketball team will host Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Trinity Christian College in the final home game of the regular season Wednesday night.
The Pride (13-14, 11-8 CCAC) will take on the Trolls (11-16, 6-13) beginning at 7:00 p.m. CT at the Student Services and Activities Complex in Westville.
LAST TIME OUT
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).
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.
SCOUTING THE TROLLS
Trinity Christian is coming off a 88-83 loss to Governors State, Feb. 11. TCC is led by Jordan Perry, who leads the Trolls with a 19.8 points per game average and a team-high 7.2 rebounds per contest. Juozas Balciunas (13.2), Caleb Jonkman (13.0) and Myled Birgans (11.7) round out the scoring for TCC in double-digits.
Torrance Johnson (Chicago Heights, Ill./Hope Academy) leads the Pride at 16.7 ppg and 10.0 rpg. Coe adds 15.0 ppg and has hit a team-best 64 triples on the season. Spring adds 13.5 ppg and has made 63 3’s to round out PNW’s leaders.
CCAC/NAIA TOURNAMENT IMPLICATIONS
The PNW men’s basketball team currently stands in a tie for first place in the CCAC South Division with St. Francis (Ill.) (11-8 CCAC) and Calumet St. Joseph (11-8 CCAC) with just two games remaining in the regular season. The regular-season winner of both the North and South Divisions receive automatic bids to the NAIA Division II National Tournament, with the third bid going to the CCAC Tournament champion. If the tournament champion and runner-up are also one of the divisional champions, the next automatic bid goes to the third overall seed in the tournament.
TCC leads the all-time series over PNW, 1-0, after defeating PNW in their first meeting earlier in the season. Johnson led the Pride with 20 points and pulling down seven rebounds.
Live video and stats will be available on the Pride Sports Network, in coordination with Stretch Internet. PNW will once again offer HD-quality video with multiple camera angles this season. All of PNW’s home basketball games will be streamed on PSN, found here: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/pnw/ in addition to the Purdue Northwest Athletics’ Facebook Page via Facebook Live!