PERU – In a game that saw five ties and eight lead changes, the Peru State men’s basketball team had the lead at the right time – the end of the game.
The Bobcats held on for a 73-70 win over the visiting Grand View (Iowa) Vikings Wednesday night in the Al Wheeler Activity Center. This evened the season series as the Vikings had won earlier in the season on their home court.
Peru State made 27 of 60 field goal tries for 45% which included hitting 14 of 34 from long range for 41.2%. At the free throw line, the ‘Cats did struggle a little making just 5 of 10 for 50%. Grand View went 28 of 70 in field goal tries for 40% while making 8 of 25 from three-point range for 32%. The Vikings hit 6 of 8 free throws for 75%.
Lyle Hexom had a game-high 19 points and 13 rebounds. It’s his 10th double-double this season, which leads the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
With the win, Peru State improved to 14-4 on the season and more importantly, the ‘Cats improved to 9-3 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). Grand View dropped to 8-10 overall and are now 4-9 in conference action.
At the end of the night in conference play, the Bobcats moved into a tie for second behind Benedictine (Kan.) with William Penn (Iowa), which was upset at home by Culver-Stockton (Mo.).
The Bobcats will be on the road Saturday where they head to Central Methodist in Fayette, Mo., to face the Eagles at 4 p.m. Central Methodist is presently ranked 24th but lost Wednesday night to Baker (Kan.). The Eagles are now 12-6 on the season and 7-5 in conference play.
Grand View’s Strong Fourth-Quarter Effort Tops Peru State
PERU – A three-point shot with 2.5 seconds left on the clock went in and back out to doom the Peru State women’s basketball team Wednesday night.
Grand View (Iowa) led 69-67 at that point and went on to win 71-67 after grabbing the defensive rebound and being fouled. The Vikings had outscored the Bobcats 22-13 in the final frame to pull out the victory.
The Bobcats shot the ball well from the floor better than they had in the past couple of games as they finished making 25 of 58 shots for 43.1%. However, the ‘Cats had trouble from long range making just 2 of 12 for 16.7%. At the charity stripe, Peru State connected on 15 of 18 for 83.3%. Grand View made 24 of 66 field goal attempts for 36.4% and won the game from behind the arc hitting 8 of 23 for 34.8%. From the free throw line, the Vikings were 15 of 22 for 68.2%.
Peru State was led by Giovanna Silva who finished with a game- and career-high 24 points on 10 of 14 shooting and went four for four at the free throw line.
With the win, the Vikings improved to 8-11 overall and 6-7 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). Peru State fell to 2-15 on the season and are 1-12 in conference play.
On Saturday, the Bobcats will travel to Fayette, Mo., to face Central Methodist at 2 p.m. The Eagles are currently ranked 23rd and are 13-6 on the season and 9-4 in the Heart.