Despite a rough start shooting wise on Tuesday night at home against Gustavus Adolphus, the Buena Vista men's basketball team played a strong second half and was able to hold off the Gusties, 77-68.
The Beavers led 45-36 early in the second half before seeing the Gusties slowly chip away at that lead and take a 52-51 lead with eight minutes remaining. The game was tied at 56-56 with 6:31 remaining before Alex Rogers, Jr. and Timothy Jeffries drilled back-to-back three-point shots to send BVU out to a 62-56 lead. Michael Demers nailed a long range trey to keep the Beavers in front 67-62 and later added a layup to make it a double-digit lead with just over 2:00 to play. BVU led by as many as 12 down the stretch, and held off any late surge by the visitors.
Jeffries had another solid game, scoring 15 points, grabbing four rebounds, dishing out a pair of assists while recording two blocks and two steals. Rogers Jr. was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field, including 2-of-2 from long range, and provided a spark off the bench with a career-high 13 points. Demers and Connor Winkelman each added 10 points as did Robert Hawkins off the bench.
BVU entered the game shooting 50 percent from downtown on the year, but was held to just a 10-of-28 clip in this contest, while shooting over 48 percent from the field overall. The team did struggle a bit more at the charity stripe as well, making only 15-of-24, but was able to get the job done on the defensive end, forcing 20 turnovers while making just 12.
Riley Sharbono led Gustavus Adolphus (1-2) with a game-high 22 points, on 8-of-15 shooting. Charlie Kambeer chimed in with 14 points off the bench, including a game-high four three-point buckets.
Buena Vista has won its first two home games of the year and improves to 2-1 overall on the year. The Beavers will look to make it three straight home victories when they host Elmhurst College on Saturday, November 24, at 3:00 p.m. inside of Siebens Fieldhouse.