The Peru State men’s basketball season came to end Wednesday, March 8, losing in the second round of the NAIA National Tournament to the No. 3 seed Jamestown Jimmies 95-88 in Jamestown, ND.
The Peru State men’s basketball team finishes the season 25-8. The 25 wins are tied for second for most wins in program history.
All five Peru State starters were in double figures in the loss. Man Man Baker led the way with 20 points, Lorenzo Anderson finished with 19, Troy Houghton had 17, David Wingett Jr. had 16 and Jabril Harris had 15. Baker finished with a double-double with a teamhigh ten rebounds. Baker also had a team high five assists.
Peru State trailed 47-37 at the break, but had a chance to tie the game with the ball down three points in the second half. A turnover and a three pointer on the other end made it a six point game, 84-78, with three minutes to play.
And the Bobcats would not get any closer. The Bobcats opened tournament play with a 101-92 win over Mayville State.
After a 6-0 run, Mayville had a 25-15 lead. The Bobcats went on an 8-2 run with around five minutes to play in the first half as David Wingett Jr. put in a bucket to make reduce the deficit to 31-29. The Comets were able to get their lead out back to six late in the first half, but Peru State finished the half on an 8-0 run to take a 42-41 lead into the locker room.
Peru State went on a game-defining 12-2 run to take a 76-63 lead during the second half. Contributing to the run were baskets by Jabril Harris, a three from Sayvon Traylor, a three from Harris, free throws and a bucket from Lorenzo Anderson.
Mayville got the lead down to single digits late, but Peru State held on for the win.
Anderson led the way in scoring for the Bobcats with 22, Wingett Jr. finished with 21, Traylor had 20, Baker had 18 and Harris finished with 12. Harris had a double-double with 10 boards and led the team in rebounds. Baker finished with a team-high six assists.
As reported by Nebraska City News Press