PERU – The Peru State men’s basketball could not sustain a big lead in the second half as the visiting Clarke (Iowa) Pride came back to force an overtime in the AWAC Wednesday night. The Pride would then jump to an early lead in OT on their way to a 111-102 win.
Peru State finished with two players scoring more than 30 points. LJ Westbrook finished with 35 points, while Quantice Hunter added 34. Andre Frazier-Stanley had 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds to finish with a double-double.
Clarke improved to 13-16 overall on the year and also improved to 6-12 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) North Division. The ‘Cats fell to 17-12 overall and are now 11-7 in the Heart North. Peru State did maintain the third spot in the Heart North and fourth seed overall despite the loss to the Pride.
Peru State will travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday for its final regular-season contest against Mount Mercy. The Mustangs are presently 14-14 overall and are also at .500 in conference action at 9-9 in the Heart North. Mount Mercy has won its last two games and will look for some revenge as Peru State thumped the Mustangs in the AWAC back in January.
The Bobcats will then head back home and will host a Heart post-season first round game most likely as the third seed in the Heart North. Peru State will host the sixth seed from the South Division which as of this writing would be Evangel (Mo.).
Clarke Gains Win over Peru State
PERU – The visiting Clarke (Iowa) Pride gained an 85-69 victory over Peru State Wednesday night in the Al Wheeler Activity Center. It was the last regular season home game for the Bobcats.
Lauren Beath finished with a game-high 23 points.
The Pride improved to 18-10 overall and 10-8 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) North Division. The ‘Cats fell to 3-25 on the year and are still winless in conference play at 0-18.
Peru State’s last regular season game will be on Saturday as they face Mount Mercy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at 2 p.m. The Mustangs are 6-23 on the season and are 3-15 in the Heart North. Mount Mercy has lost eight in a row.
The Bobcats will be playing Tuesday night in the Heart post-season tournament with their opponent yet to be determined. Peru State will be facing the second seed of the Heart South which as of now would be MidAmerica Nazarene in Olathe, Kan. The tournament is a single elimination so the ‘Cats would need to win to extend their season.