PERU, Neb. -- The Peru State men's and women's basketball teams had suffered a discouraging inaugural tour through the Heart of America Conference, not being on the winning side of a sweep until Saturday's home tilt against Missouri Valley College.
The Lady Bobcats got the day started with a 64-59 decision, followed by the men's 71-66 decision over the Vikings.
The Peru State men used eight second-chance points and an 18-10 edge in scoring from the paint to build a 36-28 halftime lead. Junior Derrick Williams tallied 15 of his game-high 23 points during the second half to keep the 'Cats in front.
Junior Jacob Schaben had 13 points and junior Richard Oppitz grabbed nine rebounds for Peru State (3-23, 2-12 HAAC), which held a 32-24 edge on the boards.
Freshman Kevin Stander had a career-best 22 points and junior Michael Connor added 15 for Valley (9-16, 4-9), dropping its fourth straight league game.
The Lady Vikings trailed by nine points at the break, but -- aided by PSU's six-of-14 second-half free-throw shooting -- were able to hang around until the end, whittling the margin down to three points with three minutes remaining.
Junior Courtney Ward sank two free throws to seal the win with 12 seconds left, finishing with 15 points and 16 rebounds as Peru State (3-23, 3-11) snapped a four-game losing streak.
Valley (10-13, 6-7) got 12 points from senior Hannah Young and nine points and 13 boards from sophomore Eboné Brown.
The Vikings are scheduled to return to the road today to face Benedictine.