Despite losing consecutive heartbreaking home losses, the Buena Vista men's basketball still remains tied atop the Iowa Conference regular season standings with two games to play. The first of those is tonight when the Beavers travel to Central College for an 8:00pm tip-off.
Buena Vista (14-9, 10-4 IIAC) at Central College (12-11, 6-8 IIAC)
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 * Indianola, Iowa * 8:00pm
Live Video/Stats: www.bvuathletics.com
All-Time Series: Central leads 78-69
Last Meeting: Saturday, January 7, 2017 (Buena Vista 94, Central 87)
Last Time Out
Buena Vista let a 20-point lead with 7:20 left slip away as it fell on a buzzer-beating shot at home to Coe College on Saturday evening, 86-85. Thomas Wisecup led BVU with 18 points on 3-of-3 shooting from downtown while Kennedy Drey added a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. The Beavers shot 60 percent from the field in the contest.
The Dutch dropped their second straight contest as well on Saturday, falling at home to Simpson College, 82-71. Colby Taylor turned in 23 points and 10 rebounds while Trashawn Boyd scored 13 points and dished out four assists. Central went to the free-throw line just 10 times in the game, while the Storm made 23-of-29 from the charity stripe.
The Dutch are built around the program's all-time leading scorer, Colby Taylor, who is second in the IIAC this season in scoring (19.7ppg) and fifth in rebounding (7.9rpg) in league play. The IIAC preseason favorites are putting up just over 78.0ppg against IIAC foes, but are being outscored by an average of 3.0ppg in those contests. Kyle Smith (15.7ppg) and Peter Walker (12.6ppg) have upped their games in IIAC play with Smith making a team-high 45 three-point buckets in those outings. The Dutch are shooting nearly 45 percent from the field and hauling in 38 boards per game.
BVU Game Notes
- Kennedy Drey is currently 17th on the program's all-time scoring list (1,218pts) and third all-time in rebounds (806). He's among the top-15 on the Division III active players list in career rebounds and is one of just two players in the IIAC currently averaging a double-double in conference play.
- A win tonight, coupled with a Loras loss would give BVU at least a share of the IIAC regular season title.
- Head coach Brian Van Haaften is three wins shy of 400 in his career entering tonight's game.
- BVU is 3-1 over its last four road games and shooting 52 percent from the field. Thomas Wisecup is shooting 60 percent from long range in those games (18-of-30).
- The Beavers have gone into Pella and won the last two meetings against the Dutch. BVU took last year's meeting 94-75 and picked up a thrilling 69-67 triumph two years ago.