Peru State wins third-straight to open season

PERU – For the second-straight year, the Peru State men’s basketball team has started with three wins in a row.

Friday night, the Bobcats pulled away from the visiting Valley City State (VCSU) Vikings in the middle of the second half to win 87-65 in the Al Wheeler Activity Center on the campus of Peru State.

Peru State made 34 of 66 field goals for 51.5% which included hitting 9 of 23 from behind the arc of 39.1%. At the free throw line, the ‘Cats made 10 of 15 for 66.7%. VCSU connected on 26 of 62 field goals for 41.9% and hit 8 of 26 from long range for 30.8%. At the charity stripe, the Vikings made 5 of 6 for 83.3%.

The rebounding edge was slight but went to the Bobcats as they grabbed 35 compared to 32 for the Vikings. Both teams dished out 15 assists.

VCSU committed 18 turnovers while the ‘Cats finished with just ten. Peru State blocked nine shots and had 14 steals compared to just one of each for the Vikings.

Lyle Hexom had a monster night as he had game-highs of 35 points, 13 rebounds, and eight blocks. He was 12 of 18 from the floor including making 6 of 10 from long range. The eight blocks broke a school record of six which was first set in 1986-87 and then tied twice.

The ‘Cats improved to 3-0 with the non-conference win. The Vikings fell to 1-4 on the season.

Peru State will begin its conference action as it begins Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) play at home on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Central Methodist (Mo.) Eagles will be the opponent at 4 p.m. Central Methodist has started the season with a 4-0 mark. The Eagles were picked 11th in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Preseason Poll.

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