Big Second Half Lifts Mavericks over Beavers

photo courtesy of Mark Kuhlmann (Omaha)
photo courtesy of Mark Kuhlmann (Omaha)

The Buena Vista men's basketball team had an early tip-off on Friday afternoon following last night's exhibition game at Drake, but the Beavers still came out strong and stayed with Omaha in the first half, but the Mavericks used a big second half to upend BVU, 94-58.

Dominic Sesma scored 12 first half points, Robert Hawkins 10, and Michael Demers nine, including his third long range trey with 10 seconds left in the opening frame, helped the Beavers go into the halftime locker room tied with the Mavericks, 44-44.  BVU was a sizzling 10-of-18 from beyond the arc in the half.

Buena Vista led 49-48 early in the second half, but a 13-0 run by the Mavericks entering the first media timeout, put UNO in control for good at 61-49.  The Mavericks outscored the Beavers, 44-8, to start the half and forced the Beavers into 13 turnovers over the final 20 minutes.

Sesma and Hawkins each finished with 12 points in the contest with Demers being held scoreless in the second half to finish with nine.  Garrett Sittner came off the bench and hauled in a team-best five rebounds with Connor Winkelman adding four.

Buena Vista shot 41 percent from the field overall, despite finishing 12-of-39 from downtown.  The Beavers attempted just one free-throw attempt in the game.

Omaha (1-1) was playing its home opener and was led by Zach Jackson's 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting.  He was one of five players to score in double figures, as the Mavericks shot 55.7 percent from the floor and went a perfect 9-of-9 at the charity stripe.

Buena Vista is now off until it tips-off its regular season on Thursday, November 15, inside of Siebens Fieldhouse against Bethany Lutheran College.  The Vikings (1-0) picked up a 70-61 road win at Carleton to begin their season.  They will play at Simpson on Sunday before hosting top-ranked Nebraska Wesleyan on Tuesday night prior to heading to Storm Lake.

BLC is coming off a 20-9 season a year ago, including a berth into the NCAA DIII National Tournament.  The Beavers edged the Vikings, 85-82, in Mankato, Minn., early last season.