- Site: Elgin, Ill. (Lindner Fitness Center)
- Event: CCAC Tournament game
- Score: Purdue-Calumet 76, Judson 71
- Records: JU (10-21), PUC (9-20)
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ELGIN, Ill. – The 2011-12 season caved in for Judson University in the final 2:31 as they gave up 15 points to Purdue University-Calumet falling, 76-71, in the first round of the CCAC Tournament. Judson had an eight point lead with 2:31 to go when Purdue-Calumet took advantage of four Judson turnovers and turned them into a 15-2 run to advance in the CCAC Tournament.
Landon Skinner led Judson with 20 points and was followed by Josh Edwards' 16 points, Brian Pedersen's 14 points, and Adam Hodge's 10 points. Caleb Sutton led the team with 10 rebounds. Alex Richman led all scorers with 25 points for Purdue-Calumet.
With 2:31 left in the game, Skinner put Judson up by eight points with two free throws. Purdue-Calumet then made two free throws 10 seconds later and then capitalized on Judson's first turnover with two more points at the 2:16 mark to bring the lead down to four, 69-65. With 2:04 left, Ty Miller made two more free throws for Purdue-Calumet and then Andrew Anderson tied the game at 69 at the 1:21 mark. Judson's Hodge put Judson back up, 71-69, with a layup just 12 seconds later as that would be the final points for them. Kedric Williams made one of two from the foul line to come within one with 48 seconds left. With just 26 seconds left, Skinner missed two free throws for Judson and Purdue-Calumet grabbed the rebound and laid in a shot within five seconds for the one-point lead, 72-71. Just six seconds later, Judson had their third turnover in less than two minutes from Sutton and Richman sank two free throws after being fouled to make it 74-71 with 15 seconds remaining. Nine seconds later, Judson could not get a shot off as Edwards gave the ball back to Purdue-Calumet and they made two more free throws to end the game, 76-71.
Opening up the game, Judson took a 10-4 lead in the first three minutes. Pedersen scored six of the first 10 points off the backboard for Judson as the inside game looked really good. Purdue-Calumet went on a 22-8 run in the next nine minutes for an eight point lead, 26-18. Judson answered with a long run of their own over five minutes, 16-5, for a three-point lead, 34-31. Purdue-Calumet cut the lead to one, 36-35, at the half.
Judson made it a four-point lead, 42-38, in the first two and half minutes of the second half only to see Purdue-Calumet tie the game at 45 with 14:07 left in the game. Judson went on a 7-0 run led by Edwards and Skinner over two and half minutes to make it 52-45. They kept the lead until the 6:10 mark when Purdue-Calumet tied the game at58. Once again, Judson answered on a 9-2 run to push the lead to seven, 67-60, with 3:05 remaining. Ironically, Judson's largest lead of the game of eight came at the 2:31 mark before they gave up the final 15 points.
Shooting 43% from the floor, Judson made only 66% of their free throws and 33% of their three-point shots. Purdue-Calumet finished shooting 40% from the floor, 38% from the arc, and 85% from the line. Both teams finished with 38 rebounds and Judson had 17 turnovers but blocked six shots.
Judson says good bye to four seniors in Landon Skinner, Josh Edwards, Caleb Sutton, and Adam Hodge. Skinner and Edwards played all four years at Judson and are 1,000 point scorers finishing in the career top 10 list. Edwards leaves Judson as the all-time leader in three-pointers made and attempted while Skinner is the second all-time leading scorer behind the legendary Tom Randall.