PERU – A buzzer-beating two-point shot gave the Culver-Stockton (C-SC) Wildcats an upset win over the visiting Peru State Bobcats Saturday afternoon in Canton, Mo.
The Wildcats had tied the contest with eight seconds left at 75-75 with Bobcats presumably having the last shot in regulation. A turnover by Peru State gave C-SC their chance and the Wildcats were able to hit a jumper from the corner to gain the upset win over the 11th-ranked Bobcats.
C-SC made 26 of 58 field goals for 44.8% including hitting 9 of 24 from three-point range for 37.5%. At the free throw line, the Wildcats made 16 of 19 for 84.2%. Peru State connected on 30 of 63 field goals for 47.6% while making 6 of 23 from behind the arc for 26.1%. At the charity stripe, the Bobcats made just 9 of 16 for 56.3%.
Lyle Hexom had a game-high 33 points on 13 of shooting. Hexom finished with a double-double as he had a game-high 11 rebounds.
With the win, Culver-Stockton moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) with a 10-10 conference record. On the season, the Wildcats improved to 14-12.
Peru State fell to 17-6 on the season and 12-5 in the conference. The Bobcats still maintain sole possession of second place in the Heart while holding a half-game lead over William Penn (Iowa).
Free Throws Costly in Peru State Loss
PERU – When the home team makes 27 of 31 free throws and visiting team makes only 12 of 21, that generally means a win for the home squad. That was the case Saturday afternoon as the Culver-Stockton (C-SC) Wildcats held off Peru State 80-72 in Canton, Mo.
Peru State outshot the Wildcats from the floor as they made 26 of 63 attempts for 41.3% which included making 8 of 17 from long range for 47.1%. The Bobcats made 12 of 21 free throws for 57.1%. Culver-Stockton was 26 of 73 field goals for 35.6% and really struggled from three-point range as they hit 1 of 17 for 5.9%. The Wildcats won the game from the free throw line making 27 of 31 tries for 87.1%.
The Wildcats had a slight rebounding edge grabbing 47 boards compared to 41 for Peru State. The Bobcats had 13 assists while C-SC finished with six. Peru State did have trouble handling the ball as they finished with 17 turnovers, more than double than the Wildcats which finished with eight.
Alyssa Marsh-Contreras came off the bench to score 15 points to lead the Bobcats.
The Bobcats actually shot better from the floor than the Wildcats, but C-SC won the game from the free throw line giving them their 15th win of the season against 11 losses. The Wildcats are now 11-10 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart).
Peru State suffered their 21st loss of the year with only two wins. The Bobcats are 1-18 in conference play.
On Monday, the Bobcats will play their postponed game with MidAmerica Nazarene in Olathe, Kan., at 5:30 p.m. The sixth-ranked Pioneers are 20-4 overall and 17-3 in the Heart.