SAULT STE. MARIE, MICH. – The Purdue Northwest men’s basketball team was defeated Saturday 101-69 by the Lake Superior State Lakers in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest. Freshman Anthony Barnard led the Pride with 12 points and pulled down two rebounds.
The Black and Gold simply had no answer for the Lakers Saturday, as just about every shot seemed to fall and the buckets were not going down for PNW. The Lakers outrebounded the Pride 27-12 in the first half, and carried a 27-point lead into the break. Rog Stein had 17 points and seven rebounds in the first 20 minutes alone, as he was unstoppable on the afternoon.
The second half was a similar story, the Lakers stretched the lead out to as much as 45 points as they continued to pour it on. Stein ended the game with an impressive line of 22 points and 10 rebounds, as LSSU emptied the bench in the second half.
Overall, a lack of rebounding continues to haunt this young Pride team, as they finished -14 in rebounding margin, the seventh time the team has been -10 or more this season. 18 turnovers were also a barrier for a Pride offense that had finally found some success a few weeks ago after rattling off two GLIAC wins in a row.
In addition to Barnard’s 12, Rich Robertson collected 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists. The Pride continued their struggles with consistently making shots, as they went 9-29 from 3 (31.0%) on the day.
Head Coach Boomer Roberts
“This loss is on me. We clearly didn’t understand what it would take to beat a good team on the road, and it’s my job to prepare our guys. I haven’t said this much and I hope we never say it again, but we simply got out competed and out toughed, myself included. We didn’t have our edge this whole week, and that’s my fault."
Up Next, PNW will be off all week before traveling northwest to battle the GLIAC North Division-leading Parkside Rangers Saturday, January 26th. Tipoff will be at 3pm from Kenosha, Wisconsin.