It was a bit of a rough start offensively for both sides, but the Beavers certainly found their shooting stroke to start the second half and never looked back, as they rolled to an 88-68 non-conference victory over Finlandia University inside of Siebens Fieldhouse.
Both teams were held under 40 percent shooting from the field in the first half with BVU only 3-of-13 shooting from long range. After posting a 21-point halftime cushion over the Lions on Wednesday night, the Beavers had to use a 15-3 run to close the first half just to take a 33-24 lead into the break.
The first half shooting woes quickly went out the door in a hurry to start the second, as the Beavers came out and drilled 5-of-6 from long distance over the first four minutes to quickly build a 48-30 lead. The team surpassed their entire first half point total midway through the second half with a Timothy Jeffries layup at the 9:00 mark that gave it an 18-point window at 67-49.
Finlandia was a scrappy team and was able to get back within 10 with 6:38 left, but the Beavers quickly ended that surge when Garrett Sittner nailed three straight three-point buckets over the next minute to quickly push it back to 19 at 78-59. The lead grew to as many as 20 and BVU was able to maintain that margin the rest of the way.
Jeffries matched a career-high with 21 points, on 7-of-12 shooting. He also grabbed five rebounds, dished out seven assists and posted four steals. Sittner matched a career-best with his three three-pointers and went on to set a career-high with 19 points, on 8-of-12 shooting overall. Connor Winkelman chipped in with 10 points and four assists while Robert Hawkins had seven points and four assists. As a team, the Beavers had 23 assists on 32 made field goals and finished 15-of-34 from long range. They also converted 9-of-12 free-throw attempts, including 4-of-5 from Jeffries.
Austin Carlson led all players with 23 points and 14 rebounds for Finlandia which dropped to 0-10 on the year.
Buena Vista has now won four straight games overall and improves to 7-5 overall. It's also 5-1 inside of Siebens Fieldhouse, including three straight victories and will look to extend both streaks when it plays host to top-ranked Nebraska Wesleyan on January 2. Tip-off against the defending national champions is set for 8:00 p.m.