Buena Vista trimmed a 26-point second half deficit all the way down to five with 2:00 to go, but the comeback bid against high-flying Greenville College on Tuesday afternoon came up just short, as the Panthers (9-2) held on for a 115-108 victory.
Freshman Timothy Jeffries scored a career-high 21 points for the Beavers off the bench with senior Sean Morgan right behind with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow senior Kennedy Drey also chalked up a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards, and in the process became the 29th member of the program's 1,000-point club. He also became just the 11th player in school history to have reached 1,000 career points and 600 career rebounds.
Connor Winkelman turned in a career-high 13 points, added four rebounds and dished out a pair of assists, while Owen Statlander made his first career start and also had a career-high in points with 10. Thomas Wisecup and David Jeffries also scored 10 points before each fouled out late.
Eleven of the 12 players who saw the floor for the Beavers scored with eight of those reaching at least five. It was the team's highest single-game scoring output since it scored 114 during a triple overtime win over Delaware Valley back in 2014-15.
BVU did its best to try and contain a Panther offense which entered the game leading all of Division III in scoring at 135.2ppg. It was also challenged with a swarming defense of Greenville which attacked the ball all game long.
The Beavers did not attempt a single three-point shot in the first half and was still able to keep the game close, before the Panthers opened up a 65-49 halftime lead. After the Panthers made 10 three point buckets in the first half, BVU held them to only five in the second to help build its comeback.
After trailing 94-68 with 12:12 left, the Beavers went on a 35-14 run over the next 10 mintues to make it a five-point contest.
Shane Smith turned in a game-high 23 points to lead the Panthers who won their fourth straight game, despite beind held to its second-lowest scoring output of the year.
Buena Vista is now 6-4 on the year and will have some time off to rest before returning to the court for a pair of tough games out in Washington against two top-10 foes. It begins on December 30 with a 5:00pm CST tip-off with eighth-ranked Whitworth before taking on third-ranked Whitman the following day at 3:00pm.