HAMMOND | Before seven minutes had passed in Saturday's game between Purdue Calumet and Kuyper College, it looked as if the Peregrines were going to be able to flip on the cruise control.
With 13:17 left before halftime, Purdue Calumet was up 15-4 on five 3-pointers before the stingy Cougars came to life and went on to hand PUC a 127-120 double-overtime loss in a game that the Peregrines couldn't stop anyone on defense.
"Kuyper College came in and did a great job running their offense and getting the shots they wanted to get, and they knocked some of those down," Purdue Calumet coach Dan Voudrie said. "We did a very poor job of keeping people in front of us and contesting shots."
Despite losing 105-68 to Calumet College less than 24 hours before taking the court against the Peregrines and dressing just eight players, Kuyper showed no signs of fatigue. The Cougars shot 60.5 percent from the field overall, went 14-for-27 from the 3-point line and 18-of-24 from the free throw line.
With the score tied 97-97 at the end of regulation, the Cougars scored the first seven points of the first overtime to take a 104-97 lead. Roddy Richardson, who led the Peregrines with 32 points including nine 3-pointers, hit a trey to tie the game 106-106 and force double overtime.
At that point, any momentum the Peregrines had built fighting back into the game was quickly snuffed out when Kuyper iced the game with 13 straight double-overtime points.
"We just gave up too many points all night long," Voudrie said. "It was a defensive nightmare of a game for a coach that is assessing the defensive side of the court."
The Peregrines (12-3) didn't shoot poorly, going 44-for-84 from the field. Lew Wallace grad Brandon Bradford was strong off the bench with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
"You score 120 points and you shouldn't lose, you score 97 points in regulation and you shouldn't lose," Voudrie said. "We played absolutely zero defense."
Kyle Hoek's 34 points led six players in double figures for Kuyper (9-6).