PERU, Neb. – Despite a couple of injuries, the Peru State men’s basketball team pulled out a big win over the visiting Grand View (Iowa) Vikings Saturday night. The Bobcats topped the Vikings 95-88 after pulling ahead late in the contest.
The game was played in front of a decent crowd as the second semester has not started. The crowd was bolstered by over 100 fans from Nebraska City Lourdes who were there in support of two of their graduates on the Bobcat team – Noah Vasa and Paulius Sakinis.
Four Bobcats finished in double figures and were led by Marley Biyendolo who finished with a season- and career-high 23 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the floor.
Peru State improved to 9-7 overall and 3-2 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) North Division. Grand View fell to 9-6 on the year and 2-3 in the North. The Vikings had been receiving votes in the most recent NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll.
On Wednesday, they will be in Lamoni, Iowa, to face Graceland at 7:30 p.m. The Yellowjackets are 10-6 on the year and are 4-1 in the Heart North having lost Saturday night to William Penn (Iowa) at home.
Grand View Hands Peru State Sixth-Straight Loss
PERU, Neb. – The Grand View (Iowa) Vikings women’s basketball team had a big second quarter and it proved to be enough as they topped Peru State 79-50 Saturday afternoon in Peru.
Three Bobcats finished in double figures as they were led by Swaranga Fernando and Lauren Beath who both finished with 13 points. Fernando finished with a double-double as she grabbed a game-high ten rebounds.
With the win, the Vikings improved to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) North Division. Peru State fell to 3-9 on the season and are winless in Heart North play and are 0-5.
The Bobcats will host Haskell Indian Nations University Monday night at 5:30 p.m. The Fighting Indians are 6-15 on the season having won their last two games of the season.