MidAmerica Nazarene uses big first half to get past Peru State

OLATHE – A 19-point halftime lead proved to be enough for the home team Monday night in Olathe, Kansas.

The MidAmerica Nazarene (MNU) Pioneers were able to hold off a furious second-half rally by Peru State in route to a 74-68 victory.

The Pioneers finished the night making 27 of 59 field goals for 45.8% included making 8 of 24 from long range for 33.3%. At the charity stripe, MNU connected on 12 of 16 free throws for 75%. Peru State made just 23 of 69 field goal tries for 33.3% and actually shot better from behind the arc hitting 11 of 29 for 37.9%. The Bobcats were dismal at the free throw line making just 11 of 23 for 47.8%.

Peru State did have a rebounding edge grabbing 46 boards compared to 39 for the Pioneers.

Lyle Hexom led the way with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

While winning their third straight, the Pioneers improved to 14-12 overall and are now 9-12 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). The 14th-ranked Bobcats fell to 18-8 on the season and dropped to 13-7 in conference play.

Peru State is now third in the conference standings – one game behind William Penn (Iowa) and two and one-half games ahead Grand View (Iowa). The Bobcats have four games remaining in the regular season.

On Wednesday, the ‘Cats will face the hottest team in the country when they travel to Atchison, Kansas, to take on the second-ranked Benedictine Ravens. Benedictine is 24-2 on the season and 20-0 in conference play and have won 23 games in a row. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

No. 6 MidAmerica Nazarene holds Peru State to 29 points

OLATHE – The Peru State women’s basketball team held the sixth-ranked MidAmerica Nazarene (MNU) Pioneers to just 33.8% shooting Monday night in Olathe, Kan.

When fans hear that, they would think it would be a close contest. However, the Bobcats had a real lid on the bucket as they made less than 20% of their field goals. MNU would hold the ‘Cats to their lowest scoring output of the season as the Pioneers would win 75-29.

MNU made 27 of 80 field goals for 33.8% and were cooler from long range making 7 of 31 for 22.6%. At the free throw line, the Pioneers hit 14 of 20 for 70%. Peru State connected on just 11 of 57 field goal tries for 19.3%, but did shoot better from behind the arc making 5 of 18 for 27.8%. The ‘Cats only went to the charity stripe eight times while making only two for 25%.

The Pioneers had a huge rebounding edge as they grabbed 62 compared to 42 for the Bobcats. MNU dished out 21 assists while Peru State finished with eight.

Peru State finished with triple the number of turnovers as the Pioneers as they had 21.

With the win, MidAmerica Nazarene improved to 23-4 overall and 20-3 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). The Bobcats fell to 3-23 on the season and 2-20 in conference play.

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