HAMMOND, Ind. – Another 19-point performance from Tim Gilmore fueled the Pride to their second consecutive win in GLIAC play, as they took down the Wayne State Warriors 86-83 in overtime. Chandler Spring chipped in five shots from behind the arc, including the game-tying shot with eight seconds remaining as he scored 15 points.
The Pride jumped out to an early lead, after a Brennan Schofield triple made it 14-3 with 14:48 left in the half. Spring hit one of his threes with 45 seconds left in the half to make it 45-29.
The Warriors mounted as ferocious comeback in the second half, as they took a 19-point and took command with a six-point lead with 1:42 left after two free throws from Timothy Huguley made it 74-68 Wayne State. But the Pride rallied with three-pointers from Anthony Barnard and Spring to send the game into overtime. The Pride played extra minutes for the second time this season and first since a win over Thanksgiving weekend against Urbana.
Barnard opened the third frame with a layup and the Pride were off to the races. Darian Owens-White cut the lead to 82-81 PNW on a three with 1:11 to go. After a stop and a foul, freshman Dean Tate hit two critical free throws. The following sequence saw Javon Henderson got a layup with three seconds left, and Chase Rankin was then fouled.
The GLIAC’s top free throw shooter buried two free throws, and the half-court shot attempt from Xavier Cochran went in and out off the backboard. Purdue Northwest has now won back-to-back GLIAC games for the first time since beginning the process of moving to Division II competition before last season. This is the fourth overall victory in GLIAC play for the Pride, as they beat Northwood and former member Tiffin last season, and took down Northwood on the road this past Saturday.
The Pride once again had five players in double figures, led by Gilmore and Spring. Anthony Barnard finished with 13 and eight as he continued his physical play inside. Durante Lee had 11 points on 4-8 shooting, as he now ranks second in the conference in field goal percentage with 67.9%. Freshman Dean Tate had 10 points and finished 8-9 from the foul line. The Black and Gold won the rebounding margin 40-36, something that has haunted PNW all season. The Pride also used that rebounding advantage to earn an edge in 2nd chance points as they had 14 for the game.
Head coach Boomer Roberts
“This was a culture win tonight. Wayne State played great in the second half, and made it so tough for us to keep our poise. They made some big shots, but our guys responded with some huge plays of our own. Chandler, Tim, and AB all stepped up down the stretch, and Rich, Frank, Lukas, and Tae gave us a big boost on the defensive end. Our guys’ belief never wavered, and their love for each other showed throughout the game. As their coach, that’s what I’m most proud of. We’re living out what we say about being family, which is a big deal in year one. We have some things to clean up as we move forward, but we’re definitely thankful for this big home win tonight.”
Up next, the Pride will host the top-10 Ashland Eagles in Westville Saturday, Jan. 12. Tip-off will be at 1 p.m. (CST), as the Black and Gold will be hosting a game in memoriam of former head basketball coach Matt Bush, who passed away due to Cancer this past April.