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Nunn Has Big Game; Purdue Northwest Men Lose to Ashland, 78-66

January 13, 20181st2ndFinal
Purdue Northwest333366
Ashland304878
Stats at a GlancePNWMBBAU
FG Percentage.397 (23-58) .474 (27-57)
3P FG Percentage.368 (7-19) .276 (8-29)
FT Percentage.765 (13-17) .842 (16-19)
Offensive Rebounds911
Defensive Rebounds2127
Total Rebounds3038
Turnovers1013
Steals49
Bench Points2310
LeadersPNWMBBAU
PointsFranklin Nunn - 23
Wendell Davis - 24
ReboundsTorrance Johnson - 12
Drew Noble - 11
AssistsChris Nunn - 7
Ben Haraway - 5
StealsChris Nunn - 2
Drew Noble - 4
BlocksBen Haraway - 1
Phil Frentsos - 1
Drew Noble - 1
Nunn Has Big Game; Purdue Northwest Men Lose to Ashland, 78-66
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Nunn Has Big Game; Purdue Northwest Men Lose to Ashland, 78-66

Ashland, Ohio – Sophomore Franklin Nunn (Anderson, Ind./Liberty Christian) had a team-high 23 points, but the Purdue Northwest men’s basketball team could not maintain its big first-half lead and fell 78-66 to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Ashland University (Ohio) Saturday afternoon at Kates Gymnasium in Ashland, Ohio. 

The Pride held a 33-19 advantage with just over two minutes remaining in the first half, but the host Eagles used a strong second half to rally back and build their own double-digit lead for the GLIAC win.     

Senior Tyree Coe (Fishers, Ind./Fishers) had a nice game for PNW as well scoring 17 points.  Senior Torrance Johnson (Chicago Heights, Ill./Chicago Hope Academy) posted a double-double of 12 points and game-high 12 rebounds, while junior Chris Nunn (Anderson, Ind./Liberty Christian) also finished in double figures in scoring with 11 points to go along with his game-leading seven assists. 

The Pride got the game started in impressive fashion with eight early points by Coe, including a pair of three-pointers, helping the visitors build a 16-6 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the first half.  A three-pointer by Franklin Nunn with 2:28 to play before halftime capped an 8-0 run for Purdue Northwest to extend the lead to 14, 33-19.  However, Ashland closed out the period with an 11-0 run to trail by just three, 33-30, heading into the half. 

The Eagles carried the momentum into the second half using a 7-0 surge in the opening three minutes of the new frame to take the lead for good.  With 13:39 remaining in the game, Ashland pushed its lead into double digits (46-36) following a pair of free throws by Ben Haraway.

A pair of free throws by Johnson near the midpoint of the second half trimmed the deficit to seven, 52-45, but a three-pointer on AU’s next possession pushed it back into double digits.  A lay-up by Franklin Nunn with 7:17 left to play pulled PNW to within nine, 58-49, but the Pride could get no closer over the final stretch.    

Purdue Northwest (1-16 overall/1-8 GLIAC) returns home and hosts Ferris State University (Mich.) on Thursday, January 18, at the Fitness & Recreation Center in Hammond, Ind.  The conference game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT start and PNW will recognize students, faculty/staff and alumni in attendance from its College of Nursing, College of Technology, Honors College and College of Humanities, Education & Social Sciences in honor of “College Night.”