A buzzer-beating two-point shot gave the Culver-Stockton (C-SC) Wildcats an upset win over the visiting Peru State Bobcats Saturday afternoon in Canton, Mo.

The Wildcats had tied the contest with eight seconds left at 75-75 with Bobcats presumably having the last shot in regulation. A turnover by Peru State gave C-SC their chance and the Wildcats were able to hit a jumper from the corner to gain the upset win over the 11th-ranked Bobcats.
With the win, Culver-Stockton moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) with a 10-10 conference record. On the season, the Wildcats improved to 14-12.
Peru State fell to 17-6 on the season and 12-5 in the conference. The Bobcats still maintain sole possession of second place in the Heart while holding a half-game lead over William Penn (Iowa).
First Half Action
Neither team scored until Brandon Jones (Houston) made a pair of free throws with 17:56 on the clock. Jamil Maddred (Camden, N.J.) would then hit a bucket in the paint to put the Bobcats up 4-0 forcing a quick C-SC timeout. Jones would then make one of two free throws to move the lead to 5-0.
Peru State eventually increased its lead to 13-4 after Tyrone Carey, Jr. (Aurora, Ill.) hit a bucket in the paint with 13:51 to go in the half. Later, the Wildcats would pull back within six at 19-13 before Jones hit a bucket in the paint on a fast break off an assist from Nicholas Wurm (Adelaide, Australia) to make it 21-13 at the 10:20 point of the first 20 minutes.
Wurm would then get a three-pointer of his own off an assist from Lyle Hexom (Omaha) to give the Bobcats their first double-digit lead of the half at 24-13 with 9:30 to go in the first half.
Culver-Stockton would not go away and eventually pulled back within two later at 35-33 with just 33 seconds left in the first 20 minutes. Maddred would score the final points of the half with a bucket in the paint with 19 seconds left.
The Bobcats would lead 37-33 at halftime.
Second Half Action
Jones would score the first two points of the second half off an assist from Hexom.
Peru State would stretch its lead to 11 at 51-40 after Hexom hit a bucket in the paint with 14:03 left in the contest. The Bobcats would hold onto the lead until the Wildcats would come back to tie it at 55-55 with 9:11 on the clock.
C-SC would then go on to stretch its lead to seven at 63-56 forcing the Bobcats to come from behind. The comeback started with a bucket from Jones in the paint which was then followed by a Hexom two-pointer. With 7:10 on the clock, the Wildcats still lead 63-60.
Culver-Stockton would then drain a trey with Jones coming back with a basket in the paint on an assist from Maddred. Back-to-back-to-back treys from Hexom, the last coming on an assist from KeShawn Wilson (Lincoln) gave the Bobcats a 71-66 lead with just under five minutes to go in the game.
Peru State would eventually lead by seven at 75-68 after Maddred hit a pair of free throws with 3:44 left in the contest. That would be when the Wildcats would start their comeback. C-SC would have a chance to take the lead with eight seconds left, but they hit just one of two free throws and the game was tied with eight ticks on the clock.
Jones grabbed the defensive rebound of the second free throw attempt and a turnover was called giving the Wildcats the ball with five seconds left. Culver-Stockton was able to get a shot off at the buzzer that went right through the hoop for the upset win.
Team Statistics
C-SC made 26 of 58 field goals for 44.8% including hitting 9 of 24 from three-point range for 37.5%. At the free throw line, the Wildcats made 16 of 19 for 84.2%. Peru State connected on 30 of 63 field goals for 47.6% while making 6 of 23 from behind the arc for 26.1%. At the charity stripe, the Bobcats made just 9 of 16 for 56.3%.
The Bobcats had a slight rebounding edge as they grabbed 38 boards compared to 32 for the Wildcats. C-SC dished out 15 assists while Peru State finished with ten. The Bobcats actually had fewer turnovers finishing with 12 compared to 15 for Culver-Stockton.
Peru State blocked four shots while the Wildcats blocked one. C-SC finished with one more steal than Peru State as they had seven.
Peru Player Statistics
Three Bobcats finished in double figures in the contest. Hexom had a game-high 33 points on 13 of shooting. Jones added 19 points while Maddred contributed 12.
Hexom finished with a double-double as he had a game-high 11 rebounds. Jones was one shy of a double-double while Wilson grabbed seven boards.
Hexom dished out three assists while Maddred, Wilson, and Wurm each handed out two. Hexom also blocked three shots while Jones was credited with one block. Jones, Wurm, and Maddred each grabbed two steals.
Upcoming Contests
This will be a busy week for the Bobcats as they will play three contests – one of which is a make-up contest due to a postponement from last week's Mother Nature challenges.
Monday night, Peru State will be in Olathe, Kan., to take on MidAmerica Nazarene in the make-up game from last Wednesday. The contest with the 11-12, 6-12 Pioneers will begin at 7:30 p.m.
On Wednesday night, Missouri Valley will be the first of two home opponents for the week. The Vikings are 9-15 on the year and are 7-11 in the Heart. This will be Staff Appreciation Night and Auburn Public Schools recognition. These events will occur between the women's and men's games.
Finally, on Saturday, it will be Senior Day and INSPRO Day at Peru State. Mount Mercy will be the opponent for a 2 p.m. game time. The Mustangs are 14-11 overall and are 9-10 in conference action. The Senior Day and INSPRO recognition will take place between the women's and men's contests.