Buena Vista couldn't overcome a difficult shooting night from long range on Monday night at #21 Wartburg, and the Beavers suffer their second straight defeat as a result, 85-65.
BVU, which has been a top-five team in Division III this season in three-point percentage, was held to only 6-of-32 (18.8 percent) from beyond the arc against the Knights and a season-low 38 percent shooting overall.
Wartburg, which led wire-to-wire, led by as many as nine in the first half before BVU trimmed it down to two before trailing 42-37 at the half. The Beavers tied the game at 44-44 early in the second half, and again at 46-46, but was unable to climb over the hump. Connor Winkelman kept things within striking distance with a three to make it 52-49 at the 12:55 mark, but then the Knightsused an 8-1 spurt to take their first double-digit lead at 60-50 with 11:00 remaining.
Timothy Jeffries kept the deficit at 10 with a three-pointer minutes later, but the Knights seemed to have an answer of their own each time, and this time rolled off eight straight points to take a 73-54 with 6:00 on the clock and put the game out of reach.
David Jeffries led the way for BVU with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting while Connor Winkelman followed with 14. The two, however, combined for just seven points in the second half. Timothy Jeffries was also in double digits with 10 points while Thomas Wisecup hauled in a team-leading nine rebounds.
Wartburg (12-4, 5-2 IIAC) was 29-of-58 from the field (50.0 percent), including 10-of-27 from deep, while sinking 17-of-20 at the charity stripe. Sawyer Herman led all scorers with 20 points, as the Knights bounced back from a tough five-point road loss at Simpson on Saturday to remain unbeaten at home (8-0).
The Beavers suffer their first road loss of the year (9-1) and have now dropped back-to-back games overall for the first time this season. BVU is now 12-4 on the year (5-2 IIAC) and are in a five-way tie in the loss column for the IIAC lead. It looks to end the skid and keep pace atop the standings on Wednesday night when Luther College (4-11, 0-7 IIAC) visits Siebens Fieldhouse for an 8:00 p.m. tip-off.