Five players scored in double figures for Buena Vista on Wednesday night against Coe, led by a career-high 16 points from sophomore Michael Demers, and the Beavers grinded out a hard-fought home victory over the Kohawks, 74-65.
Demers was just 4-of-10 from the field overall, but did alot of his damage at the charity stripe where he was 7-of-7. He also came up big at the other end of the floor, grabbing a career-best seven rebounds and also dished out four assists.
Dominic Sesma followed with 12 points while Robert Hawkins and Timothy Jeffries eached turned in 10. DJ McNeal came off the bench and also had a career-best 10 points, including a pair of big three-point buckets. Hawkins missed out on a double-double with nine rebounds, to go along with his four assists and three steals.
The Beavers shot 41 percent from the field overall and were 10-of-32 from long range. It did come up big at the free-throw line by making 16-of-18.
Coe, meanwhile, was 43 percent from the floor and went a perfect 12-of-12 at the line.
BVU got off to a slow start offensively as the Kohawks scored 10 of the game's first 13 points. The Beavers then began to get a few shots to fall and didn't take their first lead until Alex Rogers Jr. hit a three-pointer to give BVU a 14-12 advantage eight minutes into the game. Coe again went back up by six at 22-16 before BVU again came roaring back to take a 30-28 lead, but Coe scored the final four points of the half and led by two at the break.
It was a back-and-forth game throughout most of the second half with neither team able to extend much of a lead. The Beavers opened up a 48-41 lead seven minutes into the half only to see the Kohawks go on a 12-3 run over the next five minutes to take a 53-51 lead.
The game was later tied at 55-55 before the Beavers ran off six straight points and held the lead for good. Coe tried to keep things interesting down the stretch as it got within a bucket at 67-65 with just under a minute to play but a big three-point bucket from Connor Winkelman out of a timeout made it 70-65. The Beavers then made all four free-throw attempts down the stretch to secure its seventh straight win in conference openers.
Tommy Hook and Nolan Timp each had 15 points to lead Coe which falls to 3-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
Buena Vista improves to 3-2 (1-0) and will now travel to No. 19 Loras College on Saturday, December 1, for a 4:00 p.m. tip-off against the Duhawks who were upset by cross-city rival, Dubuque, on Wednesday night 78-73.