Peru State secures 12th win with overtime victory at Mount Mercy

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – It took an overtime, but the Peru State men’s basketball team picked up their 12th win of the 2018-19 season. The Bobcats won 88-80 in overtime over the home-standing Mount Mercy Mustangs Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Both teams shot the ball well as Peru State finished the game making 34 of 69 field goal tries for 49.3% including hitting 14 of 32 from three-point distance for 43.8%. At the free throw line, the Bobcats went 6 of 8 for 75%. Mount Mercy made 26 of 64 field goals for 40.6% and also were good from long range hitting 14 of 33 for 42.4%. At the charity stripe, the Mustangs made 14 of 20 for 70%.

Lyle Hexom scored 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Both Deonte McReynolds and Nicholas Wurm finished with 19 points.

With the win, Peru State improved to 12-3 on the season with their fifth-straight victory. More importantly, the ‘Cats are now 7-2 in the Heart of the America Athletic Conference (Heart). The Mustangs fell to 9-6 overall and are now 4-5 in conference action.

The Bobcats play a pair of home contests this week with a big game coming Thursday night when Peru State hosts Benedictine (Kan.) at 7:30 p.m. The Ravens are on a 12-game winning streak and are 13-2 on the season. They are 9-0 in the Heart and are 12th-ranked in NAIA DI.

Clarke (Iowa) will be the opponents on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Pride are in a log jam in the middle of the pack of the Heart with a 4-5 conference mark. Overall, Clarke is now 6-9.

Saturday’s contest will be broadcast on Otoe County Country (KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncnsportsnow.com).

Mount Mercy earns first conference win

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The fourth quarter led to the win for the home team Saturday afternoon in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The score was tied 44-44 between Mount Mercy and the visiting Peru State Bobcat women’s basketball team heading into the final stanza. The Mustangs outscored the ‘Cats 28-21 in route to their first Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) win.

Mount Mercy made 25 of 61 field goals for 41% including hitting 8 of 32 from long range for 25%. At the charity stripe, the Mustangs were 14 of 23 for 60.9%. Peru State connected on 24 of 67 field goal tries, but struggled from behind the arc as they hit only 4 of 23 for 17.4%. At the free throw line, the Bobcats made 13 of 19 for 68.4%.

Giovanna Silva and Claire Cudney each had double-doubles. Silva scored 17 points and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds. Cudney scored 13 points and snatched 14 boards.

Alyssa Marsh-Contreras led the ‘Cats with 21 points.

With the victory, Mount Mercy improved to 5-10 overall and 1-8 in the Heart. Peru State fell to 2-11 on the season and 1-8 in conference play.

Peru State doesn’t really have time for any rest as they are playing Monday night in Marshall, Mo., against Missouri Valley at 7 p.m. The Vikings are 5-9 on the season and are 4-5 in Heart play. They dropped their most recent conference action to Central Methodist (Mo.) Saturday afternoon.

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