Buena Vista cut a 24-point second half deficit down to 10 with 4:34 left, but the Beavers were unable to get any closer than that during a tough 78-65 Iowa Conference road loss at Coe College on Wednesday night.
The game was tied at 15-15 after a Canyon Hopkins bucket midway through the first half, and that's when Coe took over, closing the opening period on a 21-4 run to take a 36-19 lead into the break. BVU was just 1-of-8 from long range in the half and was held to 8-of-30 from the field overall.
Coe scored the first five points of the second half and was able to push the advantage to 24 with four minutes gone by. The Kohawks maintained that margin for the majority of the period until the Beavers slowly began to chip away after the midway point. Billy Sparks came off the bench and hit a pair of three-point buckets while David Jeffries hit another, and BVU got within striking distance at 69-59 with four minutes to play.
The Beavers just couldn't string together stops after that and were unable to get within single digits despite the valiant comeback. Despite finishing 10-of-17 at the free-throw line, Coe made just enough attempts down the stretch to keep BVU from getting any closer than 10.
Jeffries did most of his work in the second half before fouling out in the final minutes, finishing with a game-high 15 points. Sparks was right behind with 13 as Thomas Wisecup chipped in with nine.
The Beavers finished 7-of-21 from long range (33 percent) and 39 percent overall. The team has gone just 13-of-52 from beyond the arc over its last two road games (both losses) after it began the year 9-0 away from home.
Coe, which shot over 60 percent from the field in the contest, snapped its five-game losing streak with the victory and improves to 7-12 overall (3-7 IIAC). The Kohawks had four players score in double figures, led by Trevor Haaland's 12.
Buena Vista is now 14-5 (7-3 IIAC) and dips into second-place in the league standings behind Nebraska Wesleyan and Loras, who are both 8-2 after wins on Wednesday. The team looks to get back on track Saturday afternoon when it takes on Central College at 4:00 p.m., down in Pella.