Beavers drop games to Coe and Cornell on road as Wartburg pulls to within a game of league lead
The Buena Vista University basketball team stubbed its collective toe this weekend, losing to Coe College on Friday night in Cedar Rapids and to Cornell College here Saturday night.
With their first two conference losses of the season, the Beavers dropped to 9-2 in IIAC play. Wartburg swept over the weekend and still has three losses at 8-3.
Meanwhile, Friday night, BVU lost to Coe College 86-71.
Coeshot the lights out, hitting over 55 percent of its field goal attempts and nearly 60 percent of its three-point shots.
Nevertheless, things were on track for the BVU men in the first half, after which they led 39-32. But Coe got hot in the last 20 minutes, outscoring BVU 54-32 for the final margin.
Coe made 13 three point field goals in just 22 attempts, including five by Brandon Sain and three by forward Luke Niemann.
Sain finished with a game-high 25 points while three other players reached double figures.
The Beavers shot just 42.3 percent from the field and 26.1 percent from three-point range.
Senior BVU post player Scott Weber led the way with 18 points while guard Eric Wiebers added 15 and senior point guard Casey Pelzer 14.
The Beavers outrebounded Coe 29-27 and committed 16 turnovers to 12 for Coe.
Weber nearly hit a double double, finishing with a game-high 19 rebounds.
Things didn't get much better for the BVU men Saturday night, as Cornell raced to a 50-42 halftime lead.
The Beavers outscored Cornell 44-42 in the second half before falling six points short in a 92-86 defeat.
Once again, the Beavers were the victims of a very hot-shooting team. Cornell hit 33 of 55 field goal attempts for a sky-high 60 percent. They made five three-point shots in 17 attempts.
BVU also shot the ball well, hitting 31 of 53 attempts for 58 percent. But the Beavers could have shot free throws more accurately, as they hit just 15 of 23.
BVU was hot from beyond the arc, hitting nine of 18 three-point shots for 50 percent.
Wiebers did most of the damage from beyond the arc, hitting eight three-point shots and finishing with a team-high 31 points.
Michael Cameron added 21 points and Weber 19 points and five boards.
Cornell center Dan McClanahan scored a game-high 37 points on 14 of 18 shooting from the field.
Cornell football standout and basketball forward Matt Ditch added 17 for Cornell.
Up next for the BVU men is Dubuque University at Siebens Field House Tuesday night,