PURCHASE, N.Y. The Purchase Panthers did all they could to hang around with William Paterson on Friday afternoon.
But, ultimately, the Pioneers proved to be too much to handle.
Purchase (5-4) lost, 73-50, at home to William Paterson (10-1) in the Panthers first game since a Dec. 10 loss at Baruch.
The Panthers traded leads with the Pioneers in the first five minutes of the game until William Paterson eventually pulled away to a 37-26 lead at the end of the half behind Corey Chandlers 11 first-half points.
The Panthers John Pressley slammed in an alley-oop pass to tie the game at 12 in the first half, but the Pioneers jumped out to the 11-point halftime lead and never looked back.
Purchase played without several starters, who missed the game due to either injury or because of academic issues. Several reserves saw a significant increase in playing time on Friday.
Pressley led the Panthers with 17 points, while Brandon Serrano added 10. Lance Brown led the Pioneers with 21 points and Chandler added 18.
Purchase will next face rival Manhattanville on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
From a report by Purchase College Sports Information Director Bobby Ciafardini.
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