ATCHISON, KS - The Peru State men's basketball team beat the Benedictine Ravens in an overtime thriller on Tuesday night in Atchison, KS, 62-60. The Bobcats are now 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the Heart of America Conference.
The Bobcats came out in the first half ready to play with Christian Tidiane (Jr., Council Bluffs, IA) scoring within the first 20 seconds of the game. Tidiane led the half with six points and three rebounds helping the Bobcats keep it close throughout the half. The Bobcats ended the half slow as they struggled to get their shots to fall. The score going into half was 31-24 in favor of the Ravens.
Coming out of half, the Ravens were able to build a 13-point lead, but the Bobcats didn't let it get them down. A big three-pointer from DeAndre Johns (Jr., Kenosha, WI) assisted by Quentin Wright (Fr., Flower Mound, TX) started the Bobcats' comeback. With 03:44 on the clock, Sayvon Traylor (Sr., Atlanta, GA) successfully closed the gap with a made three-pointer. The Bobcats and Ravens continued to battle to the end as a free throw from David Wingett Jr. (Sr., Winnebago, NE), tied up the score at 53-53 to end regulation, sending the game into overtime.
The Bobcats had a thrilling overtime run as they shot seven free throws in the five overtime minutes. Tough defense by the Bobcats held the Ravens from getting any easy shots up. The Bobcats were able to stop the Ravens with two seconds left in overtime as they led 61-60. A final free throw by Skyler Wilson (Jr., Omaha, NE) finished out the game with a win, 62-60.
David Wingett Jr., had a double-double in the win over the Ravens, getting 18 points and ten rebounds. Sayvon Traylor and DeAndre Johns both had nine points, four rebounds and three assists for the Bobcats. Ajantae Hogan (Jr., Lincoln, NE) tallied seven points two rebounds with Amir Poat having six points and six rebounds.
Next: The Bobcats will travel to Aberdeen, SD, this Friday, November 24, to take on DII Northern State University in an exhibition matchup. Tipoff is set for 7:30 PM.