Beavers Pull Away in the Second Half for an 83-61 Victory over Dubuque

Beavers Pull Away in the Second Half for an 83-61 Victory over Dubuque

Timothy Jeffries scored 20 points, Connor Winkelman added 19, and the Buena Vista men's basketball team closed out its home schedule with back-to-back victories after rolling past the University of Dubuque on Saturday afternoon, 83-61.

Jeffries and Winkelman combined for 23 of the team's 40 first half points as they went 5-for-8 from downtown and led 42-28 at the break.  BVU was 9-of-16 from long range over the first 20 minutes and made all seven free-throw attempts.  Winkelman finished the game with five more three-point baskets and has made 18 over his last three contests.  He also matched a career-high with seven rebounds and dished out four assists and had two steals.  Sophomore Michael Demers came off the bench and scored all 11 of his points in the second half with the aid of a 3-of-4 effort from beyond the arc.

Dubuque came out of the gate to start the second half on a quick 6-0 run, but after a BVU timeout, Winkelman nailed a three to spark a 7-0 Beaver run and push the margin back to 15.  Garrett Sittner then drilled back-to-back three's to make it a 20-point contest, and it was all blue and gold from there.

Sittner was 4-of-7 from long distance and finished with 12 points as the Beavers finished 18-of-34 from downtown.

Dubuque, which is vying for one of the last two American Rivers Conference Tournament berths, was held to just 8-of-35 from beyond the arc and shot 37 percent from the field overall.  The Spartans also committed 21 turnovers in which BVU turned into 23 points.

Buena Vista (11-13, 5-10) will look to close out its season with three straight victories when it travels to Wartburg College on February 13 for an 8:00 p.m. tip-off inside of Levick Arena against the Knights.