(Picture by Kelly Haymes) Despite a 20 point, seven rebound performance by Jake Boyce the Tigers fell to Purdue-Calumet 80-66
HAMMOND, Ill. – It was the tale of two halves for the Tigers as Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) took advantage of a poorly played second half by Olivet, defeating ONU 80-66. After falling to the Peregrines earlier this year by the same score, the Tigers sought payback on Purdue-Calumet’s home court. But with turnovers, poor rebounding and the inability to stop the Peregrine attack, the Tigers fell at the hands of the conference foe. With a win, the Tigers would have remained a game back of fourth place in the CCAC standings, but now are in sole possession of fifth, and Purdue-Calumet trails by only one game with one to play.
The first half started and ended much in ONU’s (16-2, 13-10) favor, as the Tigers came scoring inside and drawing two quick defensive charges. It only took seven minutes to build a seven-point lead (16-9). Two minutes later, the Tigers had the Peregrines (16-13, 12-11) down 24-12 and still led by double-digits by the 7:53 mark. At the 4:16 mark, ONU held their largest lead of the game, 38-24, after 8-2 run was capped off by a Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) lay-up. However, over the final four minutes, Purdue-Calumet outscored ONU 10-4 to only trail by eight at the break.
In the first half, Olivet shot 18-for-34 from the field (52.9 percent), 3-for-8 from the three-point line (37.5 percent) and 3-for-5 from the free-throw line (60 percent). They were outrebounded by the Peregrines 17-15, had three offensive rebounds and committed six turnovers. Purdue-Calumet shot 48.3 percent from the field, 50 percent from the three-point line and 0 percent from the free-throw line. The Peregrines committed 12 first-half turnovers and had four offensive rebounds.
Purdue-Calumet made it their goal to make the second half different than the first. They immediately cut the deficit to five with a Roddy Richardson three-pointer and again had it to only six with 16:47 to play. Purdue-Calumet wouldn’t stop there. ONU led by seven with 15:41 to play when the Peregrines went on their largest run of the game, 20-2, to take a 62-51 lead by the 7:55 mark. The Tigers had no answer from there, as the Peregrine defense was full of energy and offense attack was just as good. ONU never got any closer than nine again.
Senior Jake Boyce (Lockport, Ill.) led the Tigers with 20 points on 9-for-17 shooting from the field and 2-for-5 from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes.
Senior Ben Worner (Washington, Ill.) finished with 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting from the field and 2-for-7 from the three-point line. He also had five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 38 minutes.
Freshman Aaron Larson (Tolono, lll.) finished with 12 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the field, 1-for-3 from the three-point line and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. He added eight rebounds in 30 minutes.
Kedric Williams led the Peregrines with 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting from the field, 3-for-6 from the three-point line and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes. Martel Jackson finished with 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting and 4-for-5 from the three-point line, and had four rebounds in 28 minutes. Roddy Richardson added 16 points and three assists in 28 minutes.
Overall, the Tigers shot 27-for-63 from the field (42.9 percent), 5-for-19 from the three-point line (26.3 percent) and 7-for-11 from the free-throw line (63.6 percent). They were outrebounded by Purdue-Calumet 41-30, committed 15 turnovers and totaled 13 assists, with 10 offensive rebounds and six steals.
Purdue-Calumet shot 32-for-65 from the field (49.2 percent), 11-for-19 from beyond the arc (57.9 percent) and 5-for-8 from the free-throw line (62.5 percent). The Peregrines had 19 assists, 16 turnovers, 12 offensive rebounds and 10 steals.
Worner has made 194 career three-pointers, good for sixth all-time. Worner is two behind Mike Carr for fifth (196). Also, with 16 points against Purdue-Calumet, Worner now has 1,023 career points, and he is six shy of 37th on the all-time scoring list (David Grasse with 1,030).
The Tigers will finish regular season play on Saturday, February 16, at home against conference opponent University of St. Francis (Ill.) at 3 p.m. ONU will also celebrate Senior Day.