Hammond, In - The Purdue North Central men's basketball (2-8) team was on the road this afternoon on the campus of Purdue University Calumet (3-7).
It was evident from the opening tip that there was an emphasis on picking up the defensive intensity for the Panthers. However, shooting 0-7 from the field was not the start that the Panthers expected.
Rebounding and shooting were the deciding factors in the 42-25 first half deficit. The Panthers shot 9-33, that's 27.3% from the floor. Rebounding went against the Panthers as well, getting out rebounded 26-12 in the first half.
After the break the Panthers came out focused, and cut the deficit to 49-41 at the 12:00 minute mark. The Panthers took advantage of long rebounds and turnovers to spark the run.
Leading the Panthers in scoring was Jordan Delks with 17 points, 5 rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Jordan Wiseman also scored in double figures with 12 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Leading the Panthers in assists was Nick Neal with 6, he also added 8 points, and 8 rebounds.
The margin would never get closer than 8 and eventually was pushed to 20 points. The final score of the game was 81-61. The Panthers shot 28.6% (20-70) from the field, grabbed 31 rebounds, and only turned the ball over 8 times.
Coach Schnatz said after the game, "We couldn't buy a shot at the beginning of the game. That allowed them to build an early lead. Then, their length and athleticism hurt us trying to fight back."
The men's basketball team returns to action on the road to play Trine University this Wednesday December, 8 at 8:00 pm EST in Angola, In.