PERU – A good defensive first half resulting in the number two team in the country shooting only 17% from the floor helped propel the Peru State men’s basketball team to an upset win Saturday afternoon.
The Bobcats held William Penn (Iowa) to making only five field goals in the first half in route to leading the visiting Statesmen 39-15 at halftime. William Penn would heat up in the second half, but it was a little too late as the ‘Cats cruised to an 85-68 win.
Peru State connected on 32 of 65 field goal tries for 49.2% which included making 12 of 29 from long range for 41.4%. The ‘Cats did struggle a little from the free throw line as they made 9 of 16 for 56.3%. After the poor shooting first half, William Penn did heat it up from the floor as they finished making 25 of 64 for 39.1%. The Statesmen made 5 of 19 from behind the arc for 26.3%. At the charity stripe, William Penn went 13 of 16 for 81.3%.
KeShawn Wilson led all scorers as he finished with 31 points while making nine of 11 from downtown. The nine made treys is the second-best in a single game for any Bobcat.
Brandon Jones had a double-double in the contest. He scored 11 points, grabbed ten rebounds and dished out a team-high seven assists. He also had two blocked shots.
The 17th-ranked Bobcats improved to 16-5 overall and more importantly to 11-4 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). Peru State now has sole possession of second place behind league-leading Benedictine (Kan.). William Penn falls to 16-5 on the season and are 10-5 in conference play – good for third place.
The teams have split the season series and could eventually meet again in the post-season tournament.
Peru State will have a full week off before hosting Evangel (Mo.) on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. The Crusaders are presently on the bottom of the conference with a 4-15 overall record. Evangel is 3-11 in Heart play.
It will be a big day on Feb. 2 as it is the Peru State Foundation’s National Alumni Association Chili Feed. In addition, there will be many other activities taking place that afternoon, so it would be a good time to come to watch Bobcat basketball.
SCORE BY PERIODS 1st 2nd TOTAL
William Penn (Iowa) 15 53 68
Peru State College 39 46 85
William Penn (Iowa) (16-5, 10-5)
Abrian Edwards 3-10 4-4 12, Omar Sherman 9-15 4-5 22, Shamar Bailey-DeCoteau 3-7 0-0 6, Nick Fullard 0-0 2-2 2, Marlon Alcindor 0-8 0-0 0, Malyk Thomas 0-3 0-1 0, Lowden Rockweiler 0-0 0-0 0, Eddie Daley 1-3 0-0 2, Darius Wheeler 6-10 0-0 15, Mario Manuel 2-3 2-2 6, Isaac Sanders 0-0 0-0 0, Wade Votroubek 0-1 0-0 0, Ahmad Pender 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 25-64 13-16 68
Peru State College (16-5, 11-4)
Jamil Maddred 2-7 1-3 5, Nicholas Wurm 0-0 0-0 0, Brandon Jones 4-9 3-5 11, KeShawn Wilson 11-14 0-1 31, Deonte McReynolds 5-14 2-2 15, Drew Switzer 0-1 0-0 0, Terry Moore Jr. 5-8 3-5 13, Blake Petersen 0-0 0-0 0, Cade Connell 0-0 0-0 0, Tyrone Carey Jr. 0-1 0-0 0, Lyle Hexom 5-10 0-0 10, Issac Simpson 0-0 0-0 0, Michael Wardy 0-0 0-0 0, Seth Snoddy 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-65 9-16 85
#19 William Penn Rolls Past Peru State
PERU – The 19th-ranked Statesmen women’s basketball team of William Penn (WPU) (Iowa) rolled past the home-standing Peru State Bobcats Saturday 74-47.
William Penn cruised to a 22-point halftime lead in route to their 20th win of the season against two losses. Peru State dropped their tenth game in a row to fall to 2-19 on the season. The Statesmen are 15-2 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) while the ‘Cats are now 1-16.
After shooting nearly 50% in the first half, the Statesmen cooled off some in the second half. WPU ended up making 27 of 67 field goals for 40.3% which included making 11 of 31 treys for 35.5%. At the charity stripe, the Statesmen made 9 of 12 for 75%. Peru State connected on 15 of just 40 attempts for 37.5% and made the same percentage of their three-point tries hitting 6 of 16. At the free throw line, the ‘Cats made 11 of 16 for 68.8%.
Claire Cudney was the only Bobcat who finished in double figures as she had 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting from the floor.
The Bobcats will face NCAA DI Omaha Wednesday night in what will be an exhibition game for Peru State. The 7 p.m. game will be played at the Baxter Arena in Omaha. The Mavericks are presently 6-14 on the season.
Next Saturday, Feb. 2, the ‘Cats will host Evangel (Mo.) in a 2 p.m. contest. The Crusaders are 12-9 on the season and are 7-9 in the Heart after losing Saturday to Clarke (Iowa) at home. Evangel will play one more conference contest before heading to Peru.
Saturday will be the Peru State Foundation’s National Alumni Association Chili Feed with lots of other activities taking place that day.