Thomas Wisecup scored a season-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists, David Jeffries followed with 15 points, as the Buena Vista men's basketball team used another solid shooting night to hold off Coe College, 94-84, inside of Siebens Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.
Wisecup was 7-of-13 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free-throw line with Jeffries going 7-of-8 from the floor. Jeffries also had three steals and a pair of assists. Connor Winkelman turned in 13 points and dished out a career-high eight assists with Canyon Hopkins chiming in with 10 points.
Matthew Goodman scored six points and grabbed seven boards off the bench as BVU again got solid production from its reserves with 27 points. Adam Juhl, who came through with a clutch three-point bucket on Wednesday at Simpson, drilled two more in this contest and finished with nine points.
Buena Vista shot 52 percent from the field and went 20-of-23 from the line and 8-of-22 from downtown. It came into the contest ranked in the top-three of the IIAC in all three categories.
The Beavers had three buckets in the first 1:30, forcing a quick Coe timeout, and setting the tempo early on. Coe did tie the game at 6-6 before Winkelman put BVU in front for good at 11-8 with one of his three-point shots. The lead reached double-digits at 32-22 midway through after a triple from Wisecup. BVU led by as many as 15 in the half before Coe rallied late to make it a 50-43 lead at the half.
It was a back-and-forth game throughout the second half with neither team able to go on much of a run. Coe came out and quickly made it a four-point contest before a pair of free-throws from Wisecup and a bucket from Hopkins made it an eight-point lead. That was the margin the Beavers were able to cling to for a majority of the second half, despite Coe making a late run to get within 63-60 midway through.
The Beavers continued to lead by eight with under 4:00 to go, and were not going to relinquish the lead this time around. BVU hit its free-throws down the stretch as the lead grew back up to double-digits inside the final minute.
Tommy Hook and TJ Kaufmann each scored 15 points to help lead the Kohawks (2-5, 0-2 IIAC) which also shot 50 percent from the field.
Buena Vista has now won four straight overall this season and improves to 5-1 (2-0 IIAC). The team is now through with conference play until after the New Year. It will return to action again next Saturday, December 9, when it hosts UW-La Crosse inside of Siebens Fieldhouse for a 7:00 p.m. contest.