MARSHALL, Mo. – With a lot of marbles on the line, the Peru State men’s basketball team came through. The Bobcats snapped a three-game losing streak by punishing the home-standing Missouri Valley Vikings Wednesday night in Marshall, Mo.
The ‘Cats won 93-66 to secure at least the third seed in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) Post-season Tournament. By doing so, it guarantees that Peru State will host at least one home game in the tournament which would be next Thursday night, March 7.
The win avenged an earlier buzzer-beating 87-86 loss to Vikings two weeks prior to last night.
Peru State enjoyed the Mo Valley arena as they made 30 of 58 field goals for 51.7% which included shooting almost as well from behind the arc. The ‘Cats hit 17 of 36 three-point attempts for 47.2%. In addition, the Bobcats went 16 of 19 from the free throw line for 84.2%. The Vikings connected on 21 of 61 field goal tries for 34.4% while making just 5 of 25 from long range for 20%. At the charity stripe, Mo Valley made 19 of 27 for 70.4%.
Lyle Hexom led all scorers and was the only Bobcat scoring in double figures as he finished with 38 points – a season-high for him. He made 12 of 19 field goals which included hitting 10 of 16 from behind the arc. Those ten three-pointers tied Hexom for a single-game mark which was set by Rashad Brackeen from two years ago.
With the win, the Bobcats improved to 19-10 overall and more importantly to 14-9 in conference play. Mo Valley fell to 11-18 on the season and 9-14 in the Heart. The Vikings are one game out of making the post-season tournament with one game to play.