HAMMOND | Before the game, Calumet St. Joseph coach Ryan Sexson said it would come down to rebounding and turnovers.
Turned out he was spot on.
Led by Kedric Williams (17 points) and Roddy Richardson (15), Purdue Calumet swept the season series with an 82-77 Chicago Collegiate Athletic Conference win over Calumet St. Joseph.
The Peregrines jumped out to a quick 10-5 lead behind Martel Jackson and Trent Tucker. Both had three-point plays inside the paint.
“We needed to contain them in the paint without fouling,” Crimson Wave coach Sexson said. “They killed us last game by getting 20 more foul shots than us. We can’t play that way and win.”
The Crimson Wave stayed close on a trey by Griffith‘s Brian Brilmyer and a another 3-pointer from Franglin Gatson.
It was 14-11 Purdue midway through the first half when St. Joseph went on an 11-5 run to take a 22-19 lead. Gatson nailed another trey to go along with a pair of jumpers.
Rebounding, or the lack of it, hurt the Peregrines early on.
“Our rebounding wasn’t up to par,” Purdue coach Dan Voudrie said. “It’s a matter of energy and focus. We started to give them too many second chances and they took advantage.”
The game was tied until the Peregrines went on a 10-2 run to finish the first half with a 40-31 lead. Roddy Richardson and Kedric Williams both had nine points at the break.
Gatson led the Crimson Wave with eight points at the half.
“Too many turnovers in the last two minutes,” Sexson said. “We made it too easy for them.”
Purdue (10-10) had 22 points off of turnovers at the half.
The Crimson Wave (6-13) hung tough in the early second half. They were behind by nine when an 8-0 run closed the gap to 47-46. Brilmyer had two more 3-pointers. He finished with a team-high 18 points on the night.
Martel Jackson buried a trey and Trent Tucker nailed a jumper to put the Peregrines back up 56-46.
“The reason we came into this game 5-1 in our last six games is because we played unselfish ball,” Voudrie said. “We did a much better job of that in the second half.”
Better rebounding didn’t hurt either. The Peregrines had to work hard in the second half to end up with a 35-34 advantage on the boards.
Turnovers also contributed to St. Joseph’s downfall. They had a total of 24 on the night, including 14 in the second half.