Before one of the larger crowds in the past three years, the Doane College Tigers snuck in and stole a win from the Peru State College (PSC) Bobcat men's basketball team in overtime 75-73. Doane improved to 2-0 on the year, while the 'Cats fell to 1-1.
First Half Action
It took nearly 90 seconds before either team would score with Doane drawing first blood on an offensive rebound and put back to go up 2-0 at the 18:22 mark. The teams went up and down the court before a minute later Derrick Williams (St. Joseph, Mo.) would drive to the hoop to knot it at 2-2.
Williams would score the next two buckets for PSC to keep it tied at 6-6 before the Tigers went on a 5-0 run to lead 11-6 with 12:55 left in the first half. A trey by Kody Kirkpatrick (Loami, Ill.) and a bucket by Brett Pierce (St. Joseph, Mo.) knotted it at 11-11 at 11:39 remaining. Peru State would take its first lead when Pierce made one of two free throws giving the 'Cats a 12-11 advantage.
The teams would continue to trade leads with PSC going up by three at 23-20 on a bucket by Nate Bohy (Mesa, Ariz.). Doane came back to score the next hoop, making it 23-22 with 6:34 left in the half. The Tigers regained the lead at 24-23, before Richard Oppitz (Topeka, Kan.) grabbed the offensive rebound and put it back up to score. At this point, PSC led 25-24 with 5:10 left.
PSC and Doane would trade the next two buckets each before Peter Knudsen (Vanloese, Denmark) hit a lay-up on the assist from Bohy. Knudsen's hoop made it 31-28 with 3:07 remaining in the first half. Williams would hit one of two free throws and followed it with another bucket to give PSC a 34-28 advantage, at the time, the largest lead by either team at that point.
The Tigers would score to cut it to four, but the Bobcats would respond with a 6-0 run to make it 40-30, forcing Doane to call a timeout with 1:07 left. The teams would each score one more hoop making the score at halftime 42-32.
Second Half Action
Doane came out of the locker room fired up and scored the first 12 points of the half to take a 44-42 lead with 16:49 left in the game.
A three-pointer by Kirkpatrick, on the assist from Jarvis Green-Smoot (Norfolk), put PSC back on top at 45-44 at the 15:56 mark. Oppitz followed with a bucket on the assist from Bohy to give the 'Cats a 47-44 advantage. A free throw and a bucket by Doane tied it back up at 47-47, the eighth tie of the game, with 14:22 left.
Doane made a pair of free throws, but Kirkpatrick scored on a bucket in the paint to tie it back at 49-49. The Tigers went on an 8-2 run, giving them a six-point lead at 57-51 before Jacob Schaben (Defiance, Iowa) scored in the lane to cut it to four.
Page 2 of 3 - The Tigers would have two other six-point leads in the game with their last one coming at the 5:00 mark when they lead 63-57. At that point, Peru State went on an 11-0 run to go up 68-63 with 2:05 left and it looked like the 'Cats were in control. In that stretch, Bohy and Oppitz came up with five and four points respectively to put PSC in the lead.
Doane hit a three with 1:43 to go and then got a two-pointer with 57 ticks left to tie it at 68-68. The 'Cats had a good look at a shot, but missed. Then, at the end of regulation, the Tigers had two opportunities to win it, but failed.
The Tigers got on the board first in the extra period, but Schaben tied it on the assist from Eric Donald (Omaha) at 70-70. Both teams went a little cold and with 1:50 left, Williams hit two free throws to put PSC up 72-70. About a minute later, Doane knotted the score at 72-72. On PSC's next possession, Williams was fouled and hit the first of his two charity tries to make it 73-72 with 44 seconds left.
Doane missed its next shot and it was rebounded by PSC, but the player slipped and was called for traveling, giving the ball back to the Tigers with 28 seconds to go.
The Tigers worked the ball around and PSC was defending them well, but a Doane player who had not scored all night, hit a three-pointer with 16 seconds left to give them a 75-73 lead.
Peru State set up their play, but a three-pointer fell well short and the Tigers captured their second win of the year.
There were 12 ties in the game and 22 lead changes that indicates the type of game it was on Tuesday night. Both teams had 18 turnovers.
The field goal shooting was close with PSC going 29 of 67 for 43.3% while Doane was 28 of 71 for 39.4%. The biggest difference in shooting came at the free throw line where the Tigers made 12 of 19 for 63.2% while Peru State could only hit 11 of 22 for 50%.
Rebounding was nearly even as Doane grabbed one more carom than Peru State at 41-40.
Peru State had three players in double figures and were led by Williams with 22. Williams also had seven rebounds, second on the team.
Kirkpatrick added fourteen points going four of six from the floor, including two of three from behind the arc. Kirkpatrick hit all four of his free throws.
Bohy had 12 points and dished out two assists.
Oppitz had a career-high 16 rebounds to lead both teams in that category. In addition, Oppitz scored eight points and blocked two shots, as did Schaben.
Page 3 of 3 - Player of the Game
For being the Bobcats' top scorer, Williams was named the KNCY Player of the Game. When visiting with the radio announcer, Williams said, "It was a tough one that we should have won. We didn't execute at the end of the game. But, we are better than last year and we need to improve and get ready for the weekend. We will start on it tomorrow and get back to winning this weekend."
Coach Katen Comments
While he was disappointed with the loss, Bobcat head coach Troy Katen thought his team played well enough to win. Katen said, "It was a tough game, but a pretty well-played game. It took a deep three- pointer to win it for Doane. We had chances in regulation to win, but they made a great adjustment on what we were doing."
In talking about the play of some of his team, Katen added, "Our freshmen gave us some good minutes, and they will adjust to the faster pace of the college game. Overall, it was a great team effort. We were happy with it and we had chances to win, but they got a great shot at the end to win it."
In conclusion, Katen noted, "We will move on. We have two games back-to-back this weekend, so we will get ready for those games first thing in the morning. Ottawa has some good players back and it will be tough to play in their gym. The University of St. Mary has some returners, but if we play well, we will be able to play with both of them."
Peru State will be participating in the KCAC/HAAC Classic hosted by Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan., on Nov. 9 and 10. On Friday, the Bobcats will face the hosts at 2:30 p.m. and then on Saturday, will take on the University of St. Mary Spires at 1 p.m.
The following Wednesday, Nov. 14, PSC will travel to Topeka to play NCAA DII Washburn University in an exhibition game beginning at 7 p.m.
Last season, two of the Bobcat men's basketball players hit significant milestones.
On Feb. 16 against Benedictine College, Andre Wells (Colorado Springs) became the all-time career blocked shot leader with 76 blocked shots in his first two years. Wells finished the season with 78 blocks.
Later, on Feb. 25 at Evangel University, Derrick Williams joined the 1,000-point club, becoming at least the 11th Bobcat all-time to score more than 1,000 points in their career. Williams finished the season with 1,008 points.
Both players were presented with a game ball commemorating their accomplishment.