Central could not miss from downtown throughout the first half and held a 40-26 lead, but the defensive pressure picked up late in the half for the Beavers, and they took over en route to a 108-78 victory over visiting Central College on Wednesday night.
Central had the hot hand from downtown out of the gate, making 13-of-24 in the first half. The Dutch had just four two-point field goals in the first 20 minutes. BVU trailed 40-26 with six minutes left in the first half, and that's when it closed the first half on a 25-9 run, including a layup at the buzzer from DJ McNeal, and that was just the beginning.
The Beavers picked up their defensive pressure which led to points as they held a 25-5 advantage in points off turnovers in the game. They held the Dutch to only six points over the first 10 minutes of the second half and broke the game open at 79-55.
BVU shot 63 percent from the field in the second half while holding Central to just 25.9 percent.
Timothy Jeffries posted a career-high 36 points on 13-of-18 shooting (4-of-6 3-pt FG). He also hauled in eight rebounds, dished out three assists and had three steals. Connor Winkelman, who was coming off a career-best 24 points, including eight made three-point shots, during the team's loss at Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday, followed up with 25 points, including five more three-point buckets. He also dished out five assists.
The Beavers finished 13-of-35 from long range and 13-of-18 at the free-throw line. It shot 56 percent from the field overall and committed only five turnovers. Central, which had 23 turnovers, shot 40.7 percent from the field and was held to 29 second-half points.
The 108 points was a season-high for the Beavers which surpassed the century mark for the first time since the season-opening win over Bethany Lutheran.
BVU is now 10-13 overall (4-10 A-R-C) and will close out the home schedule on Saturday with a 4:00 p.m. tip-off against Dubuque. The Spartans (13-10, 6-8 A-R-C) are one game in front of the Dutch and two clear of BVU for the sixth and final spot into the conference tournament.