Balanced Attack Leads Men's Basketball to 10th Road Victory of the Year

Balanced Attack Leads Men's Basketball to 10th Road Victory of the Year

Buena Vista got 16 points from both Timothy Jeffries and Billy Sparks as well as 14 from Connor Winkelman, and the Beavers completed the season sweep of Central College with a 93-81 victory in Pella.

The Beavers had nine different players score in the contest with eight of those turning in at least five points.  Matthew Goodman made 6-of-7 shots from the field and came off the bench to record a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Thomas Wisecup chipped in with 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists.  David Jeffries just missed out on double digits with nine points but pulled down five rebounds and matched his career-high of eight assists.

BVU was efficient nearly all game long with its shooting, making better than 53 percent from the field, 39 percent from long range and nearly 79 percent from the free-throw line.

The Dutch led by seven midway through the first half at 24-17 only to see the Beavers score 15 of the game's next 22 points to take a 32-31 lead with 4:44 left.  BVU never trailed the rest of the way as Winkelman hit a three with just over a minute to go in the opening half to give BVU a 45-37 lead at the break.

Timothy Jeffries hit a three-pointer to give the team its first double-digit lead at 50-39 before Wisecup did the same to make it 55-43.  BVU virtually maintained that margin the rest of the way as Central didin't get back within single digits until it was 76-68 with under five minutes to play.  Sparks then made a pair of free-throws to push it back to a 10-point contest before Winkelman, who made all six of his attempts in the game, sank two more to make it 80-68.  The Dutch never got within single digits the rest of the way as the Beavers captured its 10th road win of the year (10-2).

Central shot 40 percent from the field, but did make 10 three-point shots and went 19-of-24 at the line.  Malik Wildermuth scored a game-high 21 points to lead the home team in a losing effort.  The loss pushes Central to 8-11 overall and 5-5 in league play.

Buena Vista bounced back from its tough road loss at Coe on Wednesday and is now 15-5 overall (8-3 IIAC).  With the win, coupled with losses by Loras and Nebraska Wesleyan, the team was able to pull back into a first-place tie atop the IIAC standings with the Prairie Wolves and Duhawks and just five games to go.  The Beavers look to keep pace as they host Wartburg (12-7, 5-5 IIAC) on Wednesday night (Jan. 31) at 8:00 p.m.  The Knights knocked off the Beavers 85-65 back on January 15.