HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue Northwest men’s basketball team was defeated Thursday night 83-69 at the FNRC by the visiting Ferris State Bulldogs. Freshman Dean Tate led the Pride with 19 points and grabbed three steals.
FSU was in control throughout the first half, as they went ahead by as many as 14 following a dunk from Mason Pline with 4:12 remaining. But PNW made a run to close out the half, as they immediately got back to back triples from junior Tim Gilmore. Tate got a contested layup to go with 20 seconds left in the half. Ferris State, who captured the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championship last season, took just a two-point lead into the break.
The Bulldogs came out of the intermission and put up seven of the first nine points to regain a comfortable lead. Despite a valiant effort from the Pride down the stretch, FSU ended up winning by a final of 83-69.
Tate, who was the leading scorer on the year for PNW coming in, ended up just shy of 20 points after three straight games without reaching double-digits in points. Gilmore was the other member of the Pride to reach double figures, as he scored 11 points and knocked down three three-point shots.
The deciding factor on the night was points in the paint. Ferris State had 43 of its 83 points come inside the key, while the Pride were only able to muster 24.
Head Coach Boomer Roberts
“Our attitude and effort was great, but our execution wasn’t good enough to beat a really good team tonight. It was a great atmosphere and our guys fed off the crowd and each other, but we turned it over way too much and couldn’t keep them off the glass in the second half.”
Up next, the Pride head to Westville for a battle with the Lake Superior State Lakers on Saturday, February 23rd. Tip-off will be at 1 p.m. CT, and will be immediately followed by the women’s game.