Robert Hawkins turned in a career-high 20 points, Dominic Sesma and Timothy Jeffries each followed with 16, but it wasn't quite enough on Saturday afternoon, as visiting Elmhurst College used a late surge in the final two minutes to hold off the Beavers, 92-87, inside of Siebens Fieldhouse.
Hawkins finished a perfect 4-of-4 from downtown and at the free-throw line while going 6-of-10 from the field overall. Sesma was 6-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-3 at the line while Jeffries was just 4-of-11 from the floor, but did connect on 3-of-7 from downtown and 5-of-7 at the line. Connor Winkelman also matched a career-high with four three-point buckets and chipped in with 14 points. Michael Demers added eight points off the bench and hauled in a team-high five rebounds.
Buena Vista made 14-of-39 three-point buckets in the contest and went 17-of-20 at the free-throw line.
There were six ties and six lead changes in the contest with the Bluejays holding the game's largest lead at 13.
Elmhurst jumped out to an early 16-6 lead in the first five minutes, but Jeffries scored the next seven points for BVU and got the team back within 19-13. The Beavers grabbed their first lead at 25-24 on a Hawkins three-point bucket with 9:24 left in the opening half. Sesma extended the lead to 28-24 with a three of his own, and the game was back-and-forth the rest of the half. Demers made a layup in the final 30 seconds to send the game into the break tied at 42-42.
Buena Vista started the second half on a 9-2 run to grab a 51-42 lead, but the Bluejays stormed right back with a 21-3 run over the next six minutes to take a 63-54 lead. That lead eventually grew to 70-57 at the 8:37 mark before BVU began to claw back.
Sesma helped lead the charge for the Beavers with three layups and a free-throw to get them back within 74-65 before Winkleman hit back-to-back three's to make it 76-71 with 5:20 remaining. Hawkins then made back-to-back layups to make it a one-point game, but that was as close as BVU could get.
Elmhurst (2-1) pushed the lead up to 83-77 with just over one minute to play, and iced the game at the free-throw line down the stretch.
Buena Vista falls for the first time at home this season and is now 2-2 overall. The team returns to action on November 28 when it will host Coe College in the American Rivers Conference opener for both teams starting at 8:00 p.m.