Men’s basketball: First-half run propels PUC past Cal College
By Dennis Churilla Post-Tribune correspondent January 16, 2013 11:12PM
Updated: February 19, 2013 2:24PM
HAMMOND — Coaches often say that the first two minutes after halftime go a long way toward deciding games. In Purdue Calumet’s 82-77 victory over Calumet College, it was the two minutes before halftime that made the biggest impact. The Peregrines used a 12-2 run at the end of the first half to break open a tight game and hang on for the win.
“I would love to take credit because it came right out of a timeout,” said Peregrines coach Dan Voudrie. “But the number of guys we play allows us to turn up the heat and really get in your face.”
Purdue Cal (11-10, 7-8) was down 29-28 when Jaime Burkhead, the 14th player to enter the game for the Peregrines, got things started with a tip-in basket off a wild rush to the hoop. Two consecutive steals of the inbounds pass produced another four points and then Aaron Davis took the ball the length of the court for a basket and hit a free throw on the following possession.
Brian Brilmyer finally stopped the onslaught with a pair of free throws for the Crimson Wave. But Kedric Williams hit a shot as he was fouled at the buzzer and then drained the free throw to give Purdue Cal a 40-31 advantage at the break.
Calumet College (6-14, 3-12) closed the gap to 47-46 in the second half starting with a 3-pointer and a foul-line jumper from Brilmyer. Brannon Jones followed with a layup and Damonte Lowery hit a 3, both on assists from Brilmyer. But the Peregrines’ Martel Jackson stopped the bleeding with a 3-pointer of his own and the Crimson Wave never got closer.
“I’m so proud of him,” said Calumet coach Ryan Sexson of Brilmyer and his game-high 18 points. “He wasn’t just making shots — he was rebounding and getting us in huddles when we needed it. I told him that was the kid I recruited out there tonight.”
In the evening’s opener, the Purdue Calumet women came away with an 83-43 victory over Calumet College. Alex Starr led the Peregrines with 20 points, including 6-of-8 from the 3-point line. The Crimson Wave’s Dominique Edwards led all scorers with 26 points.