PERU – A second-half rally by the visiting 12th-ranked Benedictine (Kan.) men’s basketball team was enough to hold off the 20th-ranked Peru State Bobcats Thursday night in the Al Wheeler Activity Center in Peru.
The Ravens outscored the ‘Cats 42-29 in the second half to win 67-63.
With a hot-shooting second half, Benedictine finished the contest making 24 of 52 field goals for 46.2% including hitting 11 of 26 from long range for 42.3%. At the free throw line each team went 8 of 13 for 61.5%. Peru State made 24 of 53 field goals for 45.3% and was 7 of 23 from three-point range for 30.4% which ironically was the difference in the contest.
Lyle Hexom finished with a game-high 22 points on 9 of 15 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds, also a game-high.
With the win, Benedictine improved to 14-2 overall and are still perfect at 10-0 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). Peru State fell to 12-4 overall and 7-3 in the conference play.
On Saturday, the Bobcats will be hosting Clarke (Iowa) at 2 p.m. The Pride are currently 7-9 on the season and are 5-5 in the Heart.
Between the women’s and men’s games on Saturday, the Peru State Foundation and athletic department will be hosting its third annual basketball reunion. Team members, along with former men’s coach John Gibbs, will be recognized.
Hot-Shooting Benedictine Runs Past Peru State
PERU – When a team shoots better than 50% from the floor, there is a good chance they are going to win a game. That’s what happened Thursday night as the visiting Benedictine (Kan.) Ravens made 52.5% of their field goals and 50% of their three-point tries in route to an 87-50 win over the Peru State women.
In addition to shooting well from the floor, Benedictine made 16 of 21 free throws for 76.2%. Peru State struggled shooting, in particular, close to the bucket, as they made just 17 of 57 for 29.8%. The ‘Cats shot slightly better from distance making 6 of 20 for 30%. At the charity stripe, the Bobcats connected on 10 of 16 tries for 62.5%.
Alyssa Marsh-Contreras was the lone Bobcat to finish in double figures as she had a game-high 17 points.
For the Ravens, they improved to 11-6 on the season and are now 6-5 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). Peru State women’s fall to 2-13 and 1-10 in conference action.
Peru State will be at home for its next two games. On Saturday, Jan. 12, Clarke (Iowa) will be the opponent. The Pride are presently 10-6 overall and are 5-6 in the Heart having dropped a contest Thursday night at home to Culver-Stockton (Mo.).
Between the women’s and men’s games Saturday, the Peru State Foundation and the athletic department will be recognizing its Bobcat alumni in attendance.
Clarke at Peru State
When: W – 12 p.m. / M – 2 p.m.
Where: Al Wheeler Activities Center, Peru
Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM