For the second straight game, the Buena Vista men's basketball team shot 50 percent from the three-point line, but the Beavers couldn't overcome 22 turnovers in Saturday's game at No. 12 UW-Stevens Point, as the Pointers held off a late surge by BVU to win 87-72.
Connor Winkelman, who made all four of his three-point attempts in Thursday's season-opener, connected on his first attempt against UW-SP to give BVU a 3-2 lead, but the Pointers would then rattle off seven straight points and kept the lead for good. The lead reached as many as 14 midway through the first half, but the Beavers were able to keep things within striking distance with the long range shooting. They got back to within eight at 27-19, but UW-SP closed the half strong and took a 44-28 lead into the break.
BVU was within 11 at 56-45 following a Michael Demers three-pointer at the 12:48 mark of the second half, but the Pointers almost always had an answer. The lead eventually grew to as many as 22 (80-58) with 5:15 remaining, and that's when the Beavers tried to make a late charge.
Timothy Jeffries sank a pair of free-throws followed by a three-point shot to cut the lead down to 17, and after another Jeffries layup and DJ McNeal three-pointer, BVU was back within 82-68 with 2:45 yet to play. McNeal connected from downtown moments later while Garrett Sittner sank 1-of-2 at the line to get the team within 12 and just under 2:00 left.
The Pointers, however, were too much on this day, as they closed the game out by making 3-of-4 at the free-throw line down the stretch to hault any further BVU momentum.
Jeffries matched his career-high with 21 points for the second straight contest while Demers and Joe Lind each tallied 11 points. That trio combined to make 9-of-13 from downtown which was more treys than UW-SP had as a team. BVU has now made 32-of-64 from beyond the arc over its first two games of the year. Winkelman chipped in with eight points, four rebounds and four assists.
Each team grabbed 27 rebounds, but a big difference in the game was the turnovers. BVU finished with 22 compared to only 10 for UW-SP. The Pointers, now 2-0, then turned those turnovers into 21 points.
Buena Vista is now 1-1 on the year and will look to bounce back when the team returns home to Siebens Fieldhouse to host Gustavus Adolphus on Tuesday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m.