The Purdue North Central basketball team, playing without two regulars, dropped their final regular season game of the season 80-42 to Andrews University Saturday night in Berrien Springs, MI. The Panthers concluded the regular portion of their season at 6-24 following the non-conference game while the Cardinals improved to 19-6.
Without normal starters Matt McLaughlin and Alphonse Futch in the line-up due to injuries, the Panthers struggled to implement their offense. PNC struggled all day from the field as they were outscored 35-20 in the first half and 45-22 in the second half.
Overall, the Panthers managed just 28% (14 of 51) for the game from the floor. They shot just 4 of 24 (17%) on three's but did manage to make 10 of 12 (83%) free throws.
The Cardinals were red-hot as they connected on 52% (30 of 58) from the floor, 7 of 21 on three's and 13 of 18 free throws.
Senior Matt Demler was the only Panther to reach double figures, finishing with 13 points on 5 of 14 shooting (2 of 8 three's). Sophomore Nick Lafty added 8 points but made just 2 of 9 attempts (all 3's). Fellow sophomore Allan Barnes was the only other Panther to make multiple field goals (2 of 5) and finished with 4 points.
Jerome Murray led Andrews with 18 points and 8 rebounds while Matthew Little added 15 and Junior Orelus contributed 13. Tyler Wooldridge chipped in with 9 points, 7 assists and 5 boards.
Andrews won the rebounding battle 39-26 and committed just 9 turnovers compared to PNC's 19.
The Panthers, the #13 seed, play again on Monday when they travel to Joliet, IL to take on #4 seed, the University of St. Francis (IL) in first round play of the CCAC Tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.