SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Anthony Barnard's 23 points and nine rebounds were not enough as Purdue Northwest was defeated Saturday night 97-67 by the Illinois-Springfield Prairie Stars.
UIS came out on fire as they shot 54.8% from the field during the first 20 minutes. The Prairie Stars never relinquished the lead they opened the game with, as they held PNW to a 2-10 performance from behind the arc in the first half. Daniel Soetan had 11 points of his own to lead Illinois-Springfield into the break.
The second half was more of the same, as the Prairie Stars shot 50% from the field and withstood an early second-half run from the Pride where they cut the lead to 14 with a dunk from Barnard. Cole Harper scored 10 points in the final 20 minutes as he finished with 19 and 11 rebounds.
Despite having fewer turnovers (18 for PNW to 19 for UIS), Illinois-Springfield dominated the points off turnovers battle with 32 to the Pride's 16. Sophomore Rich Robertson was the other Black and Gold player to score in double figures, as he had 12 points and three rebounds. Tim Gilmore had five points and was able to amass four rebounds and four assists.
Head Coach Boomer Roberts
"When you go on the road to play good teams, you have to execute on both ends. We’re not dictating anything defensively, and offensively we’re struggling to execute and make shots. That combination Makes it difficult to win games. As a team, we’re going through it right now. We’re in the valley, and it’s going to be tough to climb out of it. But we are learning, and we will climb out of it."
The Pride will wrap the pre-holiday schedule Tuesday, December 18th when they welcome Judson University into the Dworkin Center in Westville at 5 p.m. (CST).