WHITING, Ind. – The Calumet College of St. Joseph men’s basketball team is making the most out of the few games left in the regular season, setting themselves up to make a run at a home game for the CCAC playoffs. The first step was to take down Judson University, something they accomplished in short order. The Crimson Wave immediately jumped out in front, building a double digit lead less than three minutes into the ballgame, and never looked back. The Wave guaranteed themselves a .500 record in conference with the 84-74 victory at the Rittenmeyer Center.
Calumet started strong right from the tip, going on a 12-2 run in the first 2:49 of the ballgame. Judson was able to bring the lead down below double figures four times in the remaining 17 minutes, but never got any closer than seven. The team shot well from both the floor and behind the arc, tallying percentages of 58.1 and 57.1 respectively. The Wave were also advantageous. CCSJ was able to convert the six Eagles turnovers that they forced into 11 points, and also beat JU in the paint 14-8. The Wave took a 13-point advantage into the second half, one that they would hold onto all the way up until the final horn. A late 12-2 Eagles run made things interesting, but the victory was not in jeopardy. The Wave came away with the 84-74 victory, furthering their chances of securing a berth in the CCAC playoffs.
“We were pretty good defensively in the first half, really disrupting some stuff that we knew that they wanted to run,” said head coach Ryan Sexson in the postgame interview. “Offensively we really shared it. We challenged our team to get 20 assists tonight, and we had ten in the first half. In the second half we played more to the score and got a little sloppy, but we found a way to survive and get a much needed win.”
Jose Ramirez (SR/Chicago, Ill.) was dominate both in the paint and on the glass, coming away with 22 points and eight rebounds, both game highs. Ramirez is now only eight boards away from the 500 rebound milestone. The team helped one another out with 17 assists on the afternoon, led by Ramirez and Michael Brooks (SR/Chicago, Ill.) with three each.
The next challenge on the road to the playoffs comes via Robert Morris University. “We have to be tough mentally and physically,” said Sexson of RMU. “We’ve had them down the last couple years, and were due to go in there and get them.” The Wave’s road finale will tip off from Chicago at 7:00 pm.
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This article originally appeared on the CCSJ Athletics website.
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