PERU – A hot shooting performance helped lead the Peru State men’s basketball team to an 84-69 Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) win over the visiting Avila (Mo.) Eagles Wednesday night.
Both teams shot the ball well as the Bobcats made over 53% of their field goals while the Eagles hit over 48% of their shots. The ‘Cats also made over 77% of their free throws to help seal the win.
Three Bobcats finished in double figures in the contest. Peru State was led by LJ Westbrook ,who became just one of eight players in the NAIA this season to record a triple double. Westbrook finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Peru State improved to 15-8 overall and are now 9-3 in conference play in the North Division of the Heart. Avila fell to 10-10 on the year and are 4-8 while playing in the Heart South.
Peru State has seven more Heart contests remaining and the next one will be this Saturday when they host Culver-Stockton (Mo.) at approximately 4 p.m. Earlier in the season, the Bobcats defeated the Wildcats in Canton, Mo., 87-82. Culver-Stockton is presently 5-18 on the year and are 2-10 in the Heart South having lost three of four since the Bobcats defeated them two weeks ago.
Peru State Still Looking for First Conference Win
When your team has one of its better shooting nights, but the opponent shoots even better, it usually spells trouble. That was the case for the Peru State women’s basketball team Wednesday night at home as the visiting Avila (Mo.) Eagles connected on over 56% of their field goals. The Bobcats made over 36% of their field goals and fell to Avila 79-67.
With the win, the Eagles evened their Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) South Division record at 6-6 and are now 7-10 on the year. Peru State fell to 3-17 on the season and have yet to win in conference play as they are now 0-12 in the Heart North.
Claire Cudney finished with a double-double as she had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Peru State will look to break its losing streak this coming Saturday in front of a big home crowd as it will the annual Foundation’s National Alumni Association Chili Feed. The Bobcats will host Culver-Stockton (Mo.) at 2 p.m. The Wildcats are 9-12 on the year and are now 4-8 in the Heart North having won at Graceland (Iowa) Wednesday night.
Saturday will be a big day at Peru State as it is the College’s Foundation National Alumni Association (NAA) Chili Feed. The NAA will begin serving chili after the halftime of the women’s game which will be at approximately 2:45 p.m. At halftime of each of the games, the Gary’s Tumbling’s Fantastic Flyers of Glenwood, Iowa, will perform. The group has been entertaining Peru State crowds for many years.
Between the women’s and men’s games, the College and athletic department will recognize its fall student-athletes who earned athletic and academic recognition.