For the second game in a row, a buzzer-beater doomed the Peru State men's basketball team.
After falling to Culver-Stockton Saturday, the Bobcats were beaten at home with another last-second shot as the visiting Missouri Valley Vikings handed Peru State an 87-86 loss Wednesday night.
Mo Valley improved its overall record to 10-15 while bettering their mark in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) at 8-11. Peru State dropped to 17-7 on the season and 12-6 in conference play putting them a half-game back of second-place William Penn (Iowa) in the Heart standings.
First Half Action
Jamil Maddred (Camden, N.J.) scored the first points of the game with a bucket in the paint with just 11 seconds off the clock. Later, after the Vikings led 7-6, a bucket by Lyle Hexom (Omaha) off an assist from Brandon Jones (Houston) put the 'Cats up 8-7 at the 17:15 mark. Peru State would maintain the lead from that point on until about midway through the second half.
With 10:28 left in the first 20 minutes, a field goal by Michael Wardy (Roca) on an assist from Jones gave the Bobcats their first double-digit lead at 26-16. A trey by Jones coming on an assist from Nicholas Wurm (Adelaide, Australia) extended the lead to 13. A pair of free throws by Hexom gave the 'Cats their largest lead at that point of 15 at 31-16 with 8:42 on the clock.
After the Vikings made one of two free throws, KeShawn Wilson (Lincoln) drained a three-pointer on an assist from Jones to give Peru State its largest lead of the contest at 34-17 with 6:57 on the clock.
Two straight Mo Valley treys pulled the Vikings back within six before Wilson hit another trey to stretch it back to 37-23 with just over five minutes left in the half.
With 1:37 remaining in the first half, the Vikings were back with seven at 42-35. Wilson would hit another trey on an assist from Jones to put the Bobcats back up by ten.
The score at halftime would eventually be 47-39 Peru State.
Second Half Action
Missouri Valley would get a three-pointer to start the second half. Deonte McReynolds (Chicago) would counter with a three of his own off an assist from Hexom. Jones would follow with a two-pointer, also on an assist from Hexom, and the 'Cats would be up by ten at 52-42 at the 18:34 mark.
A Maddred bucket on an assist from McReynolds would give the 'Cats a 12-point lead, one they would match later at 56-44 with 16:38 left in the game.
The Vikings would go on a 9-0 run to pull within three before Jones hit a bucket in the paint. Later, the Bobcats would still lead 60-59 before a two-pointer by Mo Valley gave them a one-point advantage with 11:30 on the clock.
The game would then be tied at 65-65, 74-74, 76-76, 80-80, and 82-82 with neither team leading by more than three points in that stretch.
After the last tie, Maddred and Jones would each make one of two free throws to give Peru State an 84-82 advantage. A three-pointer by the Vikings put them back on top 85-84 with 33 seconds on the clock.
A Jones basket in the paint with approximately 20 seconds left put the Bobcats back up by one. Peru State would call a timeout to set-up the defense. A three-pointer by the Vikings bounced out, but Mo Valley grabbed the rebound and a second chance shot went in with .4 of a second left in the game.  The 'Cats were not able to get a good shot off and another upset by an opponent was complete.
Team Statistics
Each team shot the ball well in the contest as Missouri Valley made 34 of 72 field goals for 47.2% which included hitting 9 of 23 from behind the arc for 39.1%. At the free throw line, the Vikings made 10 of 14 for 71.4%. Peru State connected on 29 of 59 field goals for 49.2% and made 11 of 34 from long range for 32.4%. At the charity stripe, the 'Cats made 17 of 22 for 77.3%.
The Bobcats had the rebounding edge as they grabbed 38 boards compared to 29 for Mo Valley. The 'Cats also led in the assist category as they had 19 while the Vikings dished out 12.
One key stat was turnovers as Missouri Valley took advantage of 15 Peru State miscues by scoring 16 points. The Vikings committed eight turnovers.
The 'Cats blocked six shots while Mo Valley rejected one. The Vikings grabbed ten steals while Peru State finished with just four.
Peru Player Statistics
Hexom and Jones both finished with double-doubles. Hexom led the team with 23 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Jones contributed 21 points and ten boards. Wilson finished in double figures with 18 points while Maddred added ten.
Jones dished out a game-high seven assists with Maddred handing out four. Hexom blocked five shots with Jones being credited with one. Maddred had half of the steals as he finished with two.
Upcoming Contests
Peru State will be playing four contests in a matter of eight days starting with senior day on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Bobcats will be hosting Mount Mercy (Iowa) beginning at 2 p.m. The Mustangs are presently 14-12 on the season and are 9-11 in the Heart having lost Wednesday night at Grand View.
On Monday, the Bobcats will be headed to Olathe, Kan., to face MidAmerica Nazarene (MNU) in the game which has been postponed twice. Game time with the Pioneers is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. MNU is 12-12 overall and are 7-12 in conference action.