The Buena Vista University men's basketball team rallied from a first-half deficit here at Siebens Field House Saturday night to post a 68-63 over Coe College.
With the win, the BVU men improved to 10-1 overall and to 3-0 in Iowa Conference play. But the Beavers shot an uncharacteristically low shooting percentage for the game, just 39 percent.
"We feel fortunate to come out with a win and not playing our best," said BVU men's coach Brian Van Haaften Monday morning. "It was one of those nights where the ball just wasn't falling for us."
The Beavers trailed 37-32 after the first half but outscored Coe (4-8, 2-3) 46-35 in the last 20 minutes to record the five point win.
"We put on a good run at the start of the second half and were up by six to eight points most of the way in that last 20 minutes," Van Haaften added.
"I thought Coe did a good job defensively against us. They don't match up well in size with us but they're a very quick team."
The Beavers shot two point field goals fairly well, at a 45 percent clip (25-64), but were just four for 25 from beyond the three-point arc.
Coe was 23 of 63 for two point field goals and four of 18 from three point range.
Four players reached double figures for the Beavers, led by 15 points from forward Randy Bissen. In addition, senior post player Scott Weber added 13 points and point guard Casey Pelzer and Iowa Conference MVP Eric Wiebers each added 11.
Wiebers had a tough night shooting from beyond the arc, hitting two of seven three-pointers.
"Coe tried to take Eric away from us as an offensive force," Van Haaften said. "Ever since the Iowa Conference schedule started, Eric has been very heavily guarded."
Forward Jake Fish led Coe College with a game-high 22 points but just one other player reached double figures. Guard Nick Wilkins added 12 points and Jeremy Hopkins nearly reached double figures with nine points.
Bissen had a big game rebounding, finishing with nine boards. In addition, Jordan Campbell, Matt Wittry and Weber each pulled down nine rebounds for BVU .
The Beavers were outrebounded 50-35 but committed just five turnovers to 13 for Coe.
The BVU men take to the road this week for three games, playing at Loras College in Dubuque Tuesday, at Simpson College in Indianola Friday and at Central College in Pella Saturday.
In other men's Iowa Conference game Friday, Loras College beat Central 67-54, Dubuque edged Simpson 68-65 and Wartburg defeated Coe 75-50.
Saturday, Central edged Dubuque, 70-64, Wartburg beat Cornell 82-73 and Simpson defeated Loras 78-65.