WHITING | It may have been Calumet College's shooting.
It may have been Purdue Calumet's defense.
It was probably a little of both.
Whatever it was, the Peregrines road a dominant second half to a 74-38 win over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Crimson Wave on Thursday night.
"We played a little bit more defense with a purpose in the second half," Purdue Calumet coach Dan Voudrie said.
Neither team shot well in the first 20 minutes. PUC was 13-of-33 (39 percent), and Cal College was 9-of-25 (36 percent). Both teams were even worse from behind the 3-point line.
But the Crimson Wave went absolutely cold in the second half. Calumet College didn't register a field goal for its first 22 possessions -- a stretch that lasted more than 13 minutes -- and shot only 15 percent over the last 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, Purdue Cal (10-2, 4-1) opened things up, starting the final frame with a 14-2 run.
The Crimson Wave (7-6, 1-4) had trouble with Latvian-native Kaspars Brencans on the inside all night. Brencans had 22 points and six boards, but four of those rebounds were on the offensive end.
Calumet College didn't muster a single offensive rebound in the first half and had only nine for the game.
"We challenged the guys (at halftime) to see if we could pitch a shutout with no offensive rebounds for the game," Voudrie said. "Our guys went after defensive glass like a bunch of dobermans, and that was the difference in the ball game."
The win allowed the Peregrines to keep pace with Holy Cross in the CCAC South Division. PUC played four games in the last week, including an exhibition with Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday. PUC gets eight days off after it takes on Kalamazoo on Saturday in a kid's day doubleheader with the PUC women.
"We're looking forward to keep pressing," Voudrie said. "Our guys need a little break."