Men take care of Luther; Coe next
The Buena Vista University men's basketball team passed its first Iowa Conference tournament game test with flying colors Tuesday night.
The top-seeded Beavers improved to 22-4 on the season with a 74-48 pounding of eighth-seed Luther College at Siebens Field House.
The Beavers were led by senior post player Scott Weber's game-high 25 points. Off-guard Eric Wiebers was three of six from beyond the arc and finished with 13 while junior forward Randy Bissen and sophomore forward Michael Cameron each nearly hit double figures with nine points.
The Beaver men have a chance to take a step toward their third consecutive national tournament Friday night when they take on Coe College at Siebens Field House starting at 8 p.m.
That will be an IIAC semifinal playoff game. Coe improved to 15-11 Tuesday night with a 68-64 win over fifth seeded Loras College. Coe is the fourth seed in the tournament.
Meanwhile, in other quarterfinal games Tuesday, third-seeded Simpson defeated sixth-seeded Cornell 80-70 while second seeded Wartburg triumphed over seventh-seeded Central 75-62.
In Friday's other Iowa Conference semifinal, Simpson is at Wartburg in Waverly. The two semifinal winners will meet Saturday night at the highest remaining seed at a time to be announced.
The Beavers had no trouble with Friday's semifinal winner, Coe, the second time they played them Feb. 6 in Cedar Rapids, winning 86-71.
But earlier in the season the BVU men beat Coe at home just 68-63.
Coe is led by two of the top five scorers in the Iowa Conference. Coe's Brandon Sain leads the IIAC in scoring, averaging 15.9 points per game while his brother Bruce is fourth (14.6).
Coe guard Luke Gentzler is first in assist to turnover ratio, averaging 2.05 more assists per game than turnovers.
As a team, Coe is better offensively than it is defensively. It is eighth in team defense, giving up an average of 77.2 ppg. Offensively, it's third in the conference, averaging 74,8 points per game.
BVU is first in scoring offense, averaging 80.4 points per game while it's second in scoring defense. BVU is giving up an average of 66.5 ppg.
Meanwhile, the Beaver men had little trouble with eighth-seeded Luther College Tuesday. They outscored them 37-26 in the first half and pulled way in the last 20 minutes, outscoring the Norse 37-22 for the final margin.
BVU shot the ball extremely well, hitting 27 of 49 shots for 55.1 percent, including six of 16 from beyond the arc.