HAMMOND, Ind. – Despite leading by as many as 18 points, the Purdue Northwest men’s basketball team was defeated 75-67 by the Michigan Tech Huskies for the second time this season. Chandler Spring led PNW with 18 points and three rebounds.
The Pride jumped out to an early lead, as Spring knocked down each of his first four shots, including three from behind the arc. PNW shot 54.5% in the first half as they held a 36-23 lead going into half.
The Black and Gold were up by as many as 18 early in the second half, but the Huskies used a combination of free throw shooting and clutch three-pointers to slowly climb back into the game. They took their first lead since the 17-minute mark on a Brian Heath layup with 51 seconds remaining. With 4:58 remaining in the game, PNW led 66-58. To close out the game, MTU finished on a 17-1 run to secure their fifth conference victory of the season.
For Purdue Northwest, Chandler Spring ended up hitting three of his four attempts from three and went 5-5 from the foul line to finish with 18 points. Joining him in double figures was Durante Lee with 12 points, five rebounds, and three blocked shots. Anthony Barnard once again found himself in double digits with 11 points and five rebounds.
Head Coach Boomer Roberts
"Not many words to say about this one, really difficult locker room, because we led for all but two minutes of the game. These are supposed to hurt, and it does. Michigan Tech made the plays to win down the stretch, credit to their guys and their coaching staff."
Up next, Purdue Northwest will host Northern Michigan Saturday. The game is set for tip-off at 1 p.m.