KANSAS CITY – Senior Quantice Hunter had a game-high 30 points and the Peru State men’s basketball team upset the #1 team in the country, The Master’s (Calif.), in overtime, 106-104, in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City.
Peru (22-13) led most of the night as it stretched its lead to 55-39 with less than 16 minutes left. The Master’s (29-3) scored the next 12 points and finally tied it at 73-73 with 4:48 left.
Hunter scored the next eight points and the Bobcats stayed in front, leading by four with 23 seconds left. Andre Frazier-Stanley’s free throw with five seconds left made it 90-88, but Lawrence Russell of The Master’s hit a shot before the buzzer to force overtime.
In overtime, Hunter put Peru ahead for good at 103-101 on a basket with 38 seconds left. Terry Moore hit two free throws with 21 seconds left and one at the 12-second mark for a 106-104 lead. Russell then missed a shot on the either end, with Frazier-Stanley grabbing the rebound to secure the win.
Senior LJ Westbrook finished with a double-double for the the Bobcats, who held an eight-point lead late in the second half. Westbrook had 28 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Senior Andrew Frazier-Stanley added 12 points, and senior Nolan Cass and junior Terry Moore, Jr. each had 11 points.
Lawrence Russell led The Master’s College with 27 points.
Peru State (22-13), the #8 seed in the Naismith Bracket, will play #4 LSU-Alexandria (La.) (26-7) in the second round on Friday at 12:30 p.m. LSU-Alexandria beat Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) ,77-71, on Wednesday.
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The World-Herald News Service contributed to this report.