Peru – When your opponent shoots 57.6 percent from the floor and almost as good from long range (12 of 22 for 54.5 percent), it is going to take quite a performance to overcome. Unfortunately for the Peru State men's basketball team, their efforts fell short as Missouri Valley College defeated the Bobcats on Saturday 102-91.

Peru – When your opponent shoots 57.6 percent from the floor and almost as good from long range (12 of 22 for 54.5 percent), it is going to take quite a performance to overcome.  Unfortunately for the Peru State men's basketball team, their efforts fell short as Missouri Valley College defeated the Bobcats on Saturday 102-91.
 
With the win, the Vikings moved into a tie for second in the Heart of America Athletic Conference with a 9-5 mark, along with Benedictine College.  Missouri Valley is 15-9 on the season.
 
Peru State would have been in the Vikings' spot with a win, but instead, they are 8-6 in the Heart and in a tie for fourth with Central Methodist University.  Overall, the Bobcats are 15-10 on the season.
 
After winning the opening tip, Peru State scored on their first possession as David Plain (Chicago) found Corday Sims (Chicago) who hit a bucket at the 19:43 mark in the first half.
 
A bucket and a trey by Missouri Valley followed giving them their first lead of the game and one they would hold until the 6:37 mark in the first half.  At that point, Plain laid in a bucket on an assist from Jarrell Williams (Omaha) to put Peru State up 28-27.
 
However, that lead would be short-lived as just 11 seconds later; the Vikings would nail a trey to regain the lead at 30-28.  That would be the last time Missouri Valley would trail in the game.
 
The Vikings would lead by as many as 12 late in the first half at 48-36 before Grant Leslie (Auburn) would get a bucket on an assist from Plain.  Later, Williams would drain a three to cut the Bobcat deficit to seven at intermission as they trailed 48-41.
 
Missouri Valley started the second half with a trey, but Williams later countered with a trey of his own on an assist from Jeff Neverson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with 17:52 left in the game.  Another trey would give the Vikings a double-digit lead, one they would not give up until late in the game.
 
With 6:27 left in the contest, the Vikings led 77-58, but the Bobcats still had some fight in them.  With 54 ticks left on the clock, Peru State had cut the deficit to just nine at 95-86 after Sims hit another trey, again on an assist from Plain.
 
Down the stretch, the 'Cats were forced to foul and Missouri Valley made all but one of their free throw tries down the stretch on their way to a 102-91 win.
 
Team Statistics
 
Besides their exceptional shooting from the floor, Mo Valley made 22 of 29 for 75.9%.
 
Peru State also shot the ball well as they made 33 of 67 for 49.3% which included making 9 of 21 three-point tries for 42.9%.  At the charity stripe, the Bobcats were 16 of 22 for 72.7%.
 
The taller Vikings did hold a slight rebounding advantage as they grabbed 34 compared to Peru State's 27.  Missouri Valley committed 15 turnovers while the Bobcats committed 13.

 
Individual Statistics
 
Sims led all scorers as he finished with 35 points on 12 of 20 shooting from the floor which included making 5 of 10 from long range.  McGary had his second-straight 20+ point night as he added 25 points on 9 of 15 from the floor and 7 of 10 at the free throw line.  Plain finished the game with ten points.
 
Sims finished with a double-double as he grabbed ten boards to tie for game-high honors.
 
 
Plain led the team with four assists while Neverson had three.  Neverson was also credited with four game-high steals.  In addition, Neverson blocked one shot.

 Upcoming Games
 
With four games left in conference play, every game is important for the final conference standings.
 
Next Thursday, the Bobcats will be traveling to Olathe, Kan., to face MidAmerica Nazarene University at approximately 7:30 p.m.  Currently, the Pioneers are 7-7 in conference play, just one game behind the Bobcats and are 8-15 overall.  Earlier in the season, Peru State topped the Pioneers at home 88-75.
 
Then, on Saturday, the 'Cats will host Culver-Stockton College at approximately 4 p.m.  Peru State fell in Canton, Mo., earlier 109-101.  Presently, the Wildcats are also 7-7 in the Heart and 12-13 overall.
 
Saturday's game will also be the College Foundation's Annual Alumni Chili Feed.  There will be many activities taking place on Saturday which will start with the youth cheer camp participants performing at halftime of the women's game.  Also performing at halftime of both games will be the Fantastic Flyers of Glenwood, Iowa.  In between games, the athletic department will recognize student-athletes who received recognition during the fall.