KENOSHA, WISC. – The Purdue Northwest men’s basketball team was defeated Saturday 96-79 by the Parkside Rangers in a road GLIAC contest. Anthony Barnard tallied his third double-double of the season as he put up 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
The Pride jumped out to an early lead as shots were falling in the first half for PNW. 26 points in the paint fueled the Black and Gold as they went ahead by as many as 10 after a Dean Tate 3-pointer with 13:14 remaining. The Rangers rallied but the Pride ultimately took a four-point lead into the half, leading 41-37.
Parkside stormed out of the gates in the second half, as they opened the frame on a 22-4 run that saw them jump out to an insurmountable lead. The Rangers were seemingly unconscious from three in the second half, as they connected on nine of 12 attempts from behind the arc in the final 20 minutes, hitting at an amazing 75% clip.
The Rangers continued to pour it on, and went on to win by a final of 96-79. Adam Bonk was the key factor for UWP as he got 23 points on 7 of 11 shooting from three-point range. The Rangers found their greatest advantage in points off turnovers, as they finished with 21 on 12 turnovers for the Pride, while PNW only scored nine points and forced just seven turnovers by UWP.
Barnard wasn’t the only contributor on the afternoon, as the Pride also got double-figure scoring from fellow newcomers Durante Lee and Dean Tate. Lee corralled 10 points and six rebounds on 5-9 shooting, as the junior continues to emulate offensive efficiency on a nightly basis. Freshman Dean Tate has also picked up his scoring after losing his hold as the team’s leading scorer a few weeks ago to Tim Gilmore. Tate put up 15 points and had three rebounds, as he hit five of his seven attempts from three.
Head Coach Boomer Roberts
“It was a tale of two halves for us tonight. Our edge and focus this week and in the first half was a lot different than last week, and it showed. Not only were we winning the game, but we won a lot of 50/50 balls, took charges, and competed well on the glass. We lost our edge in the second half, and Parkside got on a roll. This whole season has been a learning process for our group, and I believe we’re getting better. We just need to push our focus to a high level each day, and we’ll turn some of these losses into wins. AB (Anthony Barnard) was fantastic tonight, and we need his aggressiveness moving forward. (Brennon) Palmer played well again, and Rich (Robertson) and Dean (Tate) gave us really good minutes.”
Up Next, PNW hosts the “Mane Event” of 2019 Purdue Northwest Homecoming Week as they welcome Michigan Tech into the Fitness and Recreation Center in Hammond. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. immediately following the women’s game.