Beavers Hang Tough with #2 Whitman but Fall 103-90

Senior Kennedy Drey turned in 23 points and 17 rebounds for BVU on Saturday during its 103-90 loss at #2 Whitman College.
Senior Kennedy Drey turned in 23 points and 17 rebounds for BVU on Saturday during its 103-90 loss at #2 Whitman College.

For the second straight day, the Buena Vista men's basketball team faced a top-10 team, and for the second straight day, the Beavers had their comeback bid fall just short in the end, as they lost 103-90 at #2 Whitman College on Saturday afternoon.

BVU trailed 50-30 at halftime, but put together a vailiant second half comeback, getting as close as nine at 94-85 with 2:29 left.  It was still a 10-point game after Whitman missed a pair of free-throws with just under a minute left, but the Beavers were off target on a three-point attempt that would have made it a seven-point game late.  Whitman then made four of its final five tries from the charity stripe to secure the win.

Senior Kennedy Drey turned in 23 points and grabbed 17 points to help lead the Beavers, while Thomas Wisecup added 20 points.  Timothy Jeffries chipped in with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists.

For the second time in as many nights, Connor Winkelman and Canyon Hopkins provided a strong boost of the bench for the Beavers.  Hopkins turned in a new career-high with his nine points, while Winkelman matched his total from Friday with nine.

The Beavers were efficient shooting the ball, making 49 percent overall and also sinking 18-of-23 from the free-throw line (78.3 percent).  Whitman (10-0) was 43 percent from the field, but did most of its damage from long range, connecting on 19-of-36 attempts, while BVU made only six.

Buena Vista is now 6-6 on the year and will have one week before it takes the floor again, returning to Iowa Conference play by hosting Central College (7-4, 1-1 IIAC) at 4:00pm.