The Buena Vista men's basketball team played its final tune-up before tipping-off its regular season next week by handing Morningside College its first loss of the season with a 100-91 victory on Saturday inside of Siebens Fieldhouse. The game was an exhibition contest for BVU.
There were three-point attempts flying all-around throughout this contest with the two teams combining to go 23-of-56 in the contest from long range. Billy Sparks had the Beavers rolling early, as he made four of his first six attempts from downtown, and had 17 points at the break. He missed all of last season due to injury.
Senior Thomas Wisecup had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds while also dishing out five assists and chalking up three steals in 24 minutes. Sparks finished with 21 points on 5-of-11 shooting from long range as Connor Winkelman had 16 points and six assists. Senior Adam Juhl came off the bench and made 2-of-3 from downtown and 5-of-7 at the charity stripe to finish with 13 points while David Jeffries had 11 points.
All five starters scored in double figures for the Mustangs, led by Brody Egger's 18 points. Tyler Borchers had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Morningside (3-1) led 7-2 in the early going and 22-15 midway through the first half. Sparks made a pair of three-point buckets while Wisecup added another as the Beavers pulled even at 24-24 with 6:45 left in the first half. Brady Dicks hit a three that made it 27-24 and gave BVU its first lead since 2-0. BVU pushed the lead up to five and led 38-37 at the half.
The second half was back-and-forth with the Beavers holding the lead the entire way, but didn't build more than a five-point cushion until Winkelman's layup midway through made it 62-56. From there, it maintained a seven-point lead until taking its largest lead of the game at 89-79 with just over 2:00 left to play. Morningside was unable to claw back any closer to eight the rest of the way.
The Beavers shot 54 percent from the field in the contest and got 43 points off the bench. It also got 11 second-chance points compared to zero for the Mustangs.
Buena Vista gets set to begin its season on Wednesday night, November 15, with a road contest at Bethany Lutheran at 7:00 p.m.