(Peru, Neb.) – The Bobcat men’s basketball team claimed their fourth straight victory on Friday, November 26, as they dominated Northwestern at the Dordt Classic in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The State of Peru improved to 5-5 on the year while the Red Raiders, who received votes in the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaching Poll, fell to 7-2 on the year.
Northwestern scored the first points of the game on a made jumper. The ‘Cats took the advantage on a made three from Donzell johnson (Bloomington, Illinois) out of the assistance of Henri tanksley (Lincoln) as they led 3-2 with 19:32 remaining at halftime.
The lead would change again in the first minute of the game when the Red Raiders laid out a 4-3 lead. The Bobcats took the lead from the lay-up made Jibril harris (Chicago, Illinois) on Tanksley’s pass to lead 5-4.
The Red Raiders would end the first half 7-0 to reduce Peru State’s lead to two after the first 20 minutes of play at 38-36.
The Bobcats laid out a Tanksley layup at the end of the half to extend their lead to four points at 40-36.
At 3:39 pm Peru State would again be up nine points after a jumper made by Johnson. The ‘Cats led by double digits for the first time in the game at 1:37 pm after Wilson made a three on Houghton’s pass. The score was 55-44.
Johnson scored three points on Wilson’s pass to lead by 13 points, which will be the biggest lead the Bobcats would have in the game.
Peru State used their big second half to beat the Red Raiders 45-34 in the second half to win their fourth straight game 83-70.
The Bobcats would shoot 57.1%, including 44.4% of three, making 12-27 attempts. On the free throw line, Peru State was perfect at 7-7 for 100%.
Wilson topped the Bobcats with 20 points while four other Bobcats hit the double-digit mark. Harris added 15 on 7-9 shots while Johnson added 13. Houghton would have 11 and Male Male Baker (Aurora, Colorado) added 10 points off the bench.
Harris led the ‘Cats to the boards with eight while Baker was second on the team with four.
Wilson had four assists, which would be a record for the team. Houghton added three assists while Tanksley and Harris each have two.
Harris led the team with three interceptions while Houghton added two interceptions in the game.
Houghton had the only block for the state of Peru.