PERU – The Peru State men’s basketball team (15-4), ranked No. 17 in the latest NAIA top-25, will host No. 2 William Penn (16-3) on Saturday at the Al Wheeler Activities Center in Peru.
The Statesmen defeated the Bobcats, 83-76, in Oskaloosa, Iowa on Dec. 8.
Peru State’s offense has flowed smoothly through the season, averaging 83.2 points per game – third in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. The ‘Cats are led by senior Lyle Hexom, who just secured his second player of the week honors of the season this week. Hexom is averaging a double-double this winter – 20.1 points, 10.4 rebounds per game.
However, Head Coach Bob Ludwig says if they want to finish the season on a strong note, his guys need to pay attention to their defensive work in practice and in games.
“We just have to see more improvement, defensively. That improvement is coming a lot slower than we’d like. We’re not as good with the details as far as some of the things that seem minor, but are mentally or discipline type errors.”
Forward Omar Sherman scores 17.1 points per game to lead Penn. They score 93.5 points per game, first in the conference.
The Statesmen are currently second in the Heart standings, behind Benedictine. Peru State is third. Both teams are 10-3 in conference play.
Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Otoe County Country (KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncnsportsnow.com).
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Peru State’s defense will need to be present vs. No. 19 William Penn
PERU – The Peru State women’s basketball team has a tough task at home on Saturday vs. No. 19 William Penn (18-2).
The Bobcats have won just two games this season and will be without their leading scorer Alyssa Marsh-Contreras (16.4 points per game), who went out with a knee injury last weekend.
Head Coach Joan Albury says she’s looking for her defense to step up, not only on Saturday, but to finish the regular season.
“Our defense is not doing what it needs to do. We’ve at least two games where we’ve given up 100 points or more. We gave up 99, but that was in a double-overtime and we scored 93, so that’s not the worst thing ever. We’re really going to try and focus on our defense.”
The Bobcats and Statesmen tip-off at 2 p.m. at the Al Wheeler Activities Center in Peru. The men’s game will follow. Fans can listen to both games live on Otoe County Country (KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncn21.com).
William Penn at Peru State
When: Women – 2 p.m. / Men – 4 p.m.
Where: Al Wheeler Activities Center, Peru
Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncn21.com, ncnsportsnow.com