Eleven different Bobcats scored in their easy 92-58 win over the visiting Evangel (Mo.) Crusaders Saturday afternoon in front of stands filled with appreciative alumni.
 
Saturday was the College Foundation's tenth annual Alumni Chili Feed and despite the weather, there were numerous Bobcats and friends in the friendly confines of the Al Wheeler Activity Center.
 
Peru State jumped to a 22-point halftime lead and extended its lead in the second half in route to improving to 17-5 on the year. More importantly, the Bobcats picked up their 12th win of the season in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) against four losses.
 
Evangel fell to 4-17 on the season and are 3-13 in conference play.
 
First Half Action
 
Evangel started the game with a 3-0 lead before a bucket by Brandon Jones (Houston) off an assist from Deonte McReynolds (Chicago) put the Bobcats on the board at the 17:37 mark. Less than 40 seconds later, Jamil Maddred(Camden, N.J.) hit a bucket to put Peru State up 4-3.
 
At the 15:45 mark, the Crusaders went back on top for what would be the last time. McReynolds would then drain a trey off an assist from Jones and the 'Cats led 7-5. Evangel would tie the game, but Jones would give the 'Cats the lead at 9-7 with 15:03 on the clock. After that point, Peru State never trailed.
 
With 9:47 left in the first half, a field goal by Maddred, off an assist from KeShawn Wilson (Lincoln) gave Peru State its first double-digit lead at 24-13.
 
Peru State would continue to stretch its lead and with 2:02 remaining in the first 20 minutes, Lyle Hexom (Omaha) would hit a three-pointer off an assist from Jones. The Bobcats would lead 46-25 at that point.
The 'Cats would lead by 25 after Nicholas Wurm (Adelaide, Australia) hit a bucket with 37 seconds left. The Crusaders would get a trey to end the half with the Bobcats leading 50-28.

Second Half Action
 
After the Crusaders started the second half with a basket, Hexom would drain a trey off an assist from Jones to make it 55-30 with 18:47 left in the game.
 
Evangel would then score the next six points to pull within 17, but that would be as close as the Crusaders would get during the rest of the contest. Maddred stopped the Evangel run with a bucket and then Wilson hit a trey to put the Bobcats back up by 22 at 58-36.
 
With 13:03 left in the game, Peru State would go up by 30 at 68-38 after Wilson hit another three-pointer, this time off an assist from Tyrone Carey, Jr. (Aurora, Ill.). Wilson would come back and hit another trey after which Carey Jr. followed up with one of his own coming on an assist from Michael Wardy (Roca). 
 
With 10:05 left in the contest, Peru State would have its largest lead of 37 at 77-40 after Wilson hit another three-pointer on an assist from Jones.
 
The Crusaders would chip away at the deficit and get it under 30 at 82-54 before Blake Petersen (Columbus) nailed a trey off an assist from Wardy.
 
Seth Snoddy (Daly City, Calif.) scored the final points of the game with a hoop with 46 seconds left on the scoreboard off an assist from Drew Switzer (Casper, Wyo.). 

Team Statistics
 
Peru State shot the ball well from the floor making 36 of 76 field goals for 47.4% and nearly hit the same percentage from long range as they connected on 17 of 36 for 47.2%. The 'Cats only went to the free throw line seven times and made three for 42.9%. The Crusaders hit 25 of 66 field goals for 37.9%, but were extremely cold from long range making just 3 of 20 for 15%. At the charity stripe, Evangel hit 5 of 10 for 50%.
 
The Bobcats controlled the rebounding edge grabbing 45 while Evangel finished with 37. Peru State handed out 21 assists compared to nine for the Crusaders.
 
Neither team had many turnovers as the Bobcats only committed seven while Evangel had nine. The 'Cats had a season-high 11 blocks while the Crusaders finished with three blocks. Peru State nabbed seven steals while Evangel finished with four.
 
Peru Player Statistics
 
The Bobcats finished with four players in double figures and were led by Wilson who had another great game from long range. Wilson finished with 24 points – all coming on three-pointers as he was eight of nine from long range. Hexom added 15 points coming on the bench while Jones finished with 13. Maddred added 11 points.
 
Jones finished with another double-double as he grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Hexom just missed a double-double as he added nine boards. Maddred added seven and Wardy finished with five.
 
Jones dished out a game-high five assists while Carey Jr. handed out four. McReynolds finished with three assists.
 
Hexom blocked three shots while Jones and Terry Moore Jr. (Kansas City, Kan.) each blocked two. Hexom led the team with two steals.
 
Upcoming Games
 
Peru State will be on the road for a pair of games before playing back in the AWAC. On Wednesday, the Bobcats will face MidAmerica Nazarene in Olathe, Kan., at 7:30 p.m. The Pioneers are 11-11 overall and are 6-11 in the Heart.
 
The Bobcats will be in Canton, Mo., on Saturday to face Culver-Stockton at 4 p.m. The Wildcats have won a pair of contests to improve to 13-11 on the season and are now 9-9 in conference play.
 
The 'Cats will be back home on Wednesday, Feb. 13, when the opponent will be Missouri Valley. That Wednesday night will be Peru State staff appreciation night and there will be a recognition for various teams/groups from Auburn Public Schools.