Purdue Calumet Opens CCAC Play Wednesday with Home Matchup vs Olivet Nazarene

PUC-PeregrinsThe Purdue University Calumet men’s basketball team will host Olivet Nazarene University in both teams’ first Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup of the season Wednesday night.

The Peregrines (1-3, 1-0 CCAC) face the Tigers (4-0, 0-0) beginning at 7 p.m., following the 5 p.m. women’s contest start time. Wednesday also marks the Peregrines 'Pack the Place' event, where fans are encouraged to wear black and the first 150 students in attendance will receive free Papa John's Pizza.

Purdue Calumet enters Wednesday’s Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest with a 1-3 record coming off a setback to defending NCCAA Champion Ohio Christian at the Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Tournament.

The Peregrines split the season series last year against the Tigers, winning 65-60 in Bourbonnais, Ill. on Dec. 3. Kaspars Brencans (Riga, Lativa/Florida Air Academy) and Noah Allen (Flora, Ind./Carroll) both led the team with 15 points each, while Allen also chipped in five steals and four assists. The Tigers won the final match-up of last season, defeating the Peregrines at the FRC 92-82 on Feb.1.

Sophomore big man Danny Paschen (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) is dominating the glass so far this season, ranking sixth in NAIA Division II in defensive rebounds per game (7.5) and eighth in total rebounds (10.25). Junior transfer Ryan Rader (Lombard, Ill./Willowbrook) is being aggressive on the boards as well, garnering 5.0 defensive rebounds a game and averaging almost 7.0 rebounds per contest.

The Purdue University Calumet men’s basketball team wasn’t able to overcome a hot-shooting Ohio Christian team in a 83-61 loss Nov. 15. Allen led the Peregrines with 13 points, four assists and two steals and freshman Morgan Booher (Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood Christian) added a career-best 11 points on 3 of 6 shooting from the field. Rader rounded out the Peregrine players in double figures with 10 points on 5 of 10 shooting.

The Peregrines shot 44.4 percent (20 of 45) from the field compared to 59.6 percent (34 of 57) for Ohio Christian. The Trailblazers also held the advantage at the 3-point line, making 10 of 23 (43.5 percent) compared to a 2 of 9 (22.2 percent) for Purdue Calumet.

Both games will be streamed live on the Peregrine Sports Network at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/puc/ and radio station WJOB 1230AM will also be on hand to broadcast both contests.