DUBUQUE - In a game where there were a combined 24 made three-point buckets and 37 made free-throws, it was #21 Loras College breaking open a nine-point halftime lead by scoring 58 second half points and handing the Buena Vista men's basketball team a tough 104-85 road loss on Thursday night inside of the Athletics and Wellness Center.
Timothy Jeffries scored a team-high 11 points and dished out four assists while DJ McNeal and Joe Lind each came off the bench to score 10 points apiece. Brendan Gary also came off the bench and turned in a career-best nine points, to go along with four rebounds and two assists. Noah Schmitt made his first career start and chipped in with seven points and four boards.
Buena Vista shot just under 50 percent from the field and went 10-of-30 from long range while also making 19-of-24 at the free-throw line. The Duhawks, however, shot 52.9 percent overall from the field and 18-of-22 from the line.
The game was tied at 10-10 just six minutes into the contest before a 25-13 run over the next four minutes gave Loras a 35-23 lead, and the Duhawks never let BVU get closer than nine the rest of the half.
Loras led 46-37 at the break and came out of the halftime locker room and quickly made back-to-back three-point buckets to extend that lead up to 15 just minutes in. The lead reach 20 at 64-44 just five minutes in, and the Duhawks were able to maintain that cushion the rest of the way.
Demond George scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Duhawks, while going 6-of-9 from long range.
Buena Vista drops to 3-5 overall (1-2 A-R-C) and will look to bounce back on Saturday afternoon when it steps outside of league play for a road game at Northwestern-St. Paul. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m.