SALINA — Due to suspensions from an ugly brawl on Friday with Kansas Wesleyan, Peru State’s men’s basketball team started its game with Bethany College on Saturday with only six available players.
By the end of the game, it was down to three.
Yet, the Bobcats kept things competitive with the Swedes, who came away with a 77-70 victory to move to 11-4 on the year.
“This was a game in which we did not play particularly well as we struggled getting stops at times, we struggled at times being able to finish plays on offense," Bethany coach Clair Oleen said. "It just ended up being a very unusual game. We did get Alex (Peterson) and Brandon (Huskey) significantly more minutes in both games this weekend and they are both stepping up. Bottom line, we were able to get two more 'W's'."
Jonathan Gidson came off the bench to roast the nets for 30 points, while Cody Harris and Nathan Coleman scored 13 apiece. Bethany played this weekend without standout Gary Jones, who has been ruled academically ineligible until after interterm.
Peru actually led 33-31 at the half and pushed it out to as many as seven in the second half before its lack of depth eventually caught up with it.
Bethany comes right back to Mabee Arena on Thursday to take on Kansas Wesleyan.
Bethany (77) — Huskey 5, McLin 4, Harris 13, Coleman 13, Gidson 30, Smith 3, Peterson 9.
Peru State (70) — Ruffin 12, Leslie 10, Plain 11, McGary 16, Neverson 8, Pierce 13.