No. 20 Peru State wins fourth-straight game

PERU – The Bobcat men’s basketball team started the 2019 portion of their season on the right foot Wednesday night.

20th-ranked Peru State topped visiting MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (MNU) 86-70 to win their fourth-straight game while improving to 11-3 overall. As this was a Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) match-up, the ‘Cats improved to 6-2 in conference play.

Peru State connected on 30 of 64 field goal tries for 46.9% and hit 12 of 27 from behind the arc for 44.4%. At the free throw line, the ‘Cats made 14 of 18 for 77.8%. After shooting only 20% in the first half, the Pioneers shot a blistering 61% in the second 20 minutes to end up shooting 43.6% overall on the night from the floor. They made 24 of 55 which included making 9 of 23 from long range for 39.1%. At the charity stripe, MNU went 13 of 16 for 81.3%.

Deonte McReynolds had a game- and season-high 22 points on 8 of 10 shooting which included making 6 of 8 from three-point range.

Lyle Hexom finished with a double-double – 11 points and a team-high ten rebounds.

The Pioneers fell to 9-5 on the season and are now 4-5 in the Heart.

Peru State sits at No. 20 in first poll of new year

PERU – With just two, one-point losses on the season and slew of impressive wins, LSU-Alexandria (La.) remained in front of the pack in the first poll of 2019. The Generals are averaging 93.1 points per game this season and added another big win to their resume with a victory over William Carey (Miss.) on December 22, 2018.

The Peru State men’s basketball team remained in the poll for the second consecutive time, but fell three spots to 20th. The Bobcats had started the season by receiving votes in the preseason poll.

William Penn (Iowa) vaulted into second with a pair of wins over Peru State and Baker (Kan.). The Statesmen made the jump from four to two and have held conference opponents to just over 73 points in eight games.

Carroll (Mont.) remained in third while a pair of undefeated squads in Langston (Okla.) and Missouri Baptist rounded-out the top five.

2018-19 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 2 (Jan. 2, 2019)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 1 LSU Alexandria (La.) [4] 13-2 208
2 4 William Penn (Iowa) [2] 13-1 205
3 3 Carroll (Mont.) [2] 14-1 204
4 6 Langston (Okla.) 12-0 203
5 8 Missouri Baptist [1] 15-0 194
6 2 The Master’s (Calif.) 12-2 192
7 5 Campbellsville (Ky.) 14-1 174
8 11 Stillman (Ala.) 12-0 171
9 9 Georgetown (Ky.) 13-1 163
10 10 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 13-1 156
11 12 Arizona Christian 13-1 155
12 15 Benedictine (Kan.) 11-2 130
12 14 Oklahoma City 8-2 130
12 13 Wiley (Texas) 10-2 130
15 NR Vanguard (Calif.) 14-0 124
16 16 Pikeville (Ky.) 13-2 113
17 NR Tougaloo (Miss.) 11-2 104
18 18 Central Baptist (Ark.) 11-1 103
19 21 Cumberlands (Ky.) 13-2 95
20 17 Peru State (Neb.) 10-3 90
21 23 John Brown (Ark.) 10-3 79
22 NR William Carey (Miss.) 8-4 69
23 NR Providence (Mont.) 10-3 64
24 19 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 8-4 50
25 NR William Jessup (Calif.) 11-3 47

Dropped from the Top 25: Faulkner (Ala.), Westmont (Calif.), LSU-Shreveport (La.), Dillard (La.), Graceland (Iowa).

Others Receiving Votes: LSU Shreveport (La.) 40, Faulkner (Ala.) 37, Central Methodist (Mo.) 27, Hope International (Calif.) 22, Xavier (La.) 12, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 6, Talladega (Ala.) 5, Science & Arts (Okla.) 3.

MidAmerica Nazarene Runs Past Peru State

PERU – The MidAmerica Nazarene (MNU) Pioneer women’s basketball team came into the contest with Peru State tied for second in the poll which came out just hours before the game started.

The Pioneers proved themselves Wednesday night as they ended up rolling past the Bobcats 93-52 in the Al Wheeler Activity Center on Peru State’s campus.

The Pioneers were hot from the floor as they made 32 of 67 field goals for 47.8% including making 11 of 28 from long range for 39.3%. At the free throw line, MNU hit 18 of 27 for 66.7%. Peru State struggled shooting Wednesday night as they made just 22 of 71 field goal tries for 31% and were cooler from three-point distance as they hit just 3 of 19 for 15.8%. The ‘Cats also made just 5 of 12 free throws for 41.7%.

Three Bobcats finished in double figures and were led by Giovanna Silva who finished with 19 points – matching her season best. She finished with a double-double, grabbing 11 rebounds.

MNU improved to 12-1 on the year and remain perfect in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). The ‘Cats fell to 2-10 on the season and are now 1-7 in conference action.

Peru State will head to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday to face Mount Mercy at 2 p.m. The Mustangs are presently 4-10 overall and are winless in the Heart against eight losses.

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