Wildcats Finish Season With 73-62 Loss to Peru State in the Heart of America Conference Tournament Quarterfinals
Men’s Basketball – Thu, Mar. 5, 2020 at 9:20 PM
Peru State College
PERU, Neb. – Despite cutting the lead to eight in the second half, the Baker men’s basketball team ended their season on Thursday with a 73-62 loss to Peru State in the Heart of America Conference Tournament Quarterfinals.
Jalen Patterson led the team in scoring on the night with 18 points, while Brandon Clifford added 13 points in his final game as a Wildcat. Senior Brett Elifritz also led the team in rebounds on the night, pulling down eight boards.
Early in the first half, the Wildcats came out with a lot of energy, holding a 7-6 lead with 16 minutes to play in the first half. The Bobcats then began to knock down the three as they hit eight three-pointers in the first half.
With the Wildcats trailing 13-12 with just under 14 minutes to play, Peru State scored 16 unanswered points over the next seven minutes to take a 29-12 lead. Baker would break out of the cold streak and were able to cut the lead to 14 heading into halftime, 40-26.
In the second half, the Bobcats pushed their lead to as many as nine points, but the Baker Wildcats would not fold. Over the next 10 minutes, the Wildcats would climb their way back into the game, cutting the lead to 10 with 3:26 remaining.
With just over a minute remaining, Patterson sank two free throws to cut the lead to eight, but the Wildcats could not complete the comeback as they fell to Peru State, 73-62.
The Wildcats finish the season with an overall record of 15-16 and finish the regular season with a record of 13-11 in the Heart of America.
Published at Fri, 06 Mar 2020 03:20:00 +0000