WHITING | Calumet College men's basketball coach Ryan Sexson knows he can't expect one player to provide more than half of his offense and come away with a win.
That's exactly what Robert Jackson did Saturday. Jackson went 11-for-18 from the field and 9-for-12 from the free throw line for 32 points, but the Crimson Wave fell 79-62 to visiting Olivet Nazarene.
"Jackson was outstanding again," Sexson said. "He was very aggressive getting to the basket and got to the foul line 12 times."
Brian Brilmeyer scored all 11 of his points in the second half, but no other player had more than six points for the Crimson Wave. Franqlin Gatson was held to 2-for-10 shooting from the field and forward Chris Diehl was shut down in the post, as his six points came from two 3-pointers.
"We got beat in the post," Sexson said. "They get 59 attempts at the bucket to our 49; that's just getting out-hustled.
"We needed to get something out of Gatson, for sure. We need buckets inside. We're going to struggle to score if Gatson, Diehl, Brilmeyer or (Marcus) Moody aren't getting buckets."
Calumet College (7-4, 1-2) cut Olivet's lead 56-52 with about eight minutes to go in the game, but the Tigers (3-9, 2-2) outscored the Crimson Wave 23-10 for the rest of the contest. Olivet finished 10-for-23 from the 3-point line, including 6-for-9 in the second half.
The Crimson Wave finished with 14 turnovers, including several key miscues down the stretch that allowed the Tigers to build their lead.
"Fourteen turnovers is just unacceptable," Sexson said.
Although the Tigers have just three wins on the season now, Sexson knew they weren't down. The Crimson Wave were coming off of three consecutive road wins over Purdue North Central, IU-Northwest and Illinois Tech.
"I think the level of competition stepped up tonight," Sexson said. "It was three road wins, so I'm happy about that, but this was a step up in class. (Olivet) has a hall of fame coach (Ralph Hodge) with multiple trips to the national tournament. These guys are used to winning."