No. 17 Peru State snags overtime win over No. 24 Central Methodist

PERU – It took an extra ten minutes, but the 17th-ranked Peru State men’s basketball team picked up their 15th win of the season in double overtime Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats outlasted the 24th-ranked Central Methodist (CMU) Eagles in Fayette, Mo., 110-107. Peru State had led by four at halftime only to see the Eagles tie it up at the end of regulation. After both scored nine in the first OT, the ‘Cats outscored CMU 9-6 in the final five minutes for the win.

Both teams shot the ball well with Peru State having one of its better field-goal shooting nights. The Bobcats made 40 of 75 field goals for 53.3% which included making 7 of 25 from behind the arc for 28%. At the charity stripe, the ‘Cats made 23 of 29 for 79.3%. The Eagles hit 35 of 75 for 467% and were even better from long range as they connected on 13 of 27 for 48.1%. At the free throw line, CMU made 24 of 35 for 68.6%.

Lyle Hexom led the team with 28 points on 12 of 17 shooting. He also snagged a game-high 15 rebounds.

Jamil Maddred added 25 points with Brandon Jones adding 24.

Peru State improved to 15-4 overall and more importantly are now 10-3 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). The Bobcats kept pace with William Penn (Iowa) for a second-place tie behind league leading Benedictine (Kan.). Central Methodist fell to 12-7 on the season and 7-6 in conference play.

On Thursday, the Bobcats will travel to Lamoni, Iowa, to take on the Graceland Yellowjackets. The ‘Jackets, who are receiving the votes in the most recent poll, have won three straight and are now 11-6 on the season and 7-5 in the Heart. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

No. 23 Central Methodist Rolls Past Peru State

PERU – A big second quarter by the home-standing Central Methodist (CMU) women’s basketball team propelled them to an easy win over Peru State Saturday afternoon in Fayette, Mo.

Peru State played the Eagles close in the first quarter, but lost its leading scorer to an injury. After that point, CMU went on a roll and defeated the ‘Cats 103-55.

Giovanna Silva finished with a double-double, 14 points and 12 rebounds. Claire Cudney also had 14 points.

With the win, the 23rd-ranked Eagles improved to 14-6 overall and 10-4 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). The Bobcats lost their seventh-straight game and fell to 2-16 overall and are now 1-13 in conference play.

On Monday, Baker (Kan.) will come to Peru for a 7 p.m. contest. The Wildcats are 13-7 on the season and are now 8-6 in the Heart. Baker won in overtime in the two teams’ first meeting this season.

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