Peru State falls for the first time; host defending national champions on Tuesday

Peru State falls for the first time; host defending national champions on Tuesday
Brandon Jones made a pair of free throws late in the second half to tie it at 59-59. Jones led Peru State with 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. (Peru State Sports Network)

PERU – The Peru State men’s basketball team was handed its first defeat of the 2018-19 season Saturday afternoon as the Concordia Bulldogs went home with a 77-71 win.

The Bobcats looked sluggish the entire game while Concordia was hot from the floor – especially from long range. The Bulldogs connected on 46.2% of their three-point attempts while winning their sixth game of the year against three losses.

Concordia made 26 of 56 for 46.4% and was almost as hot from behind the arc for 12 of 26 for 46.2%. At the charity stripe, the Bulldogs made 13 of 16 tries for 81.3%. Peru State connected on 27 of 71 field goals for 38% and made 9 of 27 from long range for 33.3%. The Bobcats made 8 of 12 from the free throw line for 66.7%.

Lyle Hexom and Brandon Jones each finished with a double-double. Jones dropped 18 points and snagged 10 rebounds. Hexom added 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Peru State dropped to 5-1 on the season after the non-conference match-up.

Peru State will host defending national champion Graceland (Iowa) Tuesday night at approximately 7:30 p.m. as Mother Nature moved the game back one night. The Yellowjackets saw their six-game winning streak snapped as they fell to NCAA DII Colorado Mesa 69-66 in a tournament in Colorado over the weekend. Graceland was to have played an additional game, but it was cancelled.

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