Purdue Calumet Upends Roosevelt in Top 25 Showdown
By Jordon Bruner, Purdue Calumet (Ind.) Sports Information Director
CHICAGO, Ill. - Purdue University Calumet's (Ind.) Brooklyn Short pushed the No. 24 Peregrines past No. 17 Roosevelt (Ill.), 62-59, with a four-point play in the final seconds of Wednesday night's game at the Goodman Center. The Black and Gold remain perfect in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic play with the victory, improving to 13-4 overall and 7-0 in league action.
Trailing by one, 59-58, with 10 seconds left in the contest, Short got the hoop and the harm, knocking down the three-pointer and converting the rare four-point play with a free throw. The quick change of events put Purdue Calumet on top by three, 62-59, and proved to be the winner, as Roosevelt’s potential game-tying shot fell short.
Short led the way for the Peregrines with 15 points and four helpers on the night. Cassidy Deno matched her with 15 markers and four assists as well, while Tierra Turner added eight points, eight boards and four assists. Madison Gervais pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass.
The game lived up to the blossoming rivalry between the two schools, featuring 16 lead changes and 13 ties. Purdue Calumet opened the contest strong, jumping out to a 21-12 advantage in the first 11 minutes of action. However, the Lakers would rally to grab a 23-21 lead, after the Peregrines went nearly six minutes without a point. Patrice McBee scored on a putback to stop the bleeding, before the two teams went into halftime on even terms.
Roosevelt pulled ahead by five, 47-42, midway through the period for its largest advantage of the game, but the Black and Gold would rattle off six-straight points to regain the lead on a trey by Short. Both teams traded buckets over the next five minutes with eight lead changes during that stretch alone, setting up a crazy finish and a Purdue Calumet victory.
Despite a game that featured two of the CCAC’s top offenses, it was defense that was on display. The Peregrines held RU scoreless for the final four minutes of the contest, limiting them to 36.5 percent shooting for the night. Purdue Calumet struggled offensively as well though, knocking down just 34.4 percent of their shots from the field. In a game that was evenly matched throughout, the only true difference proved to be at the charity stripe. The Black and Gold, the NAIA Div. II's top free throw shooting team, outscored the Lakers 12-7 at the line.
Purdue Calumet will be back in action this Saturday, January 18, when it hosts Trinity International at the Fitness and Recreation Center. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.