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BVU men run to rout of Grand View

Tuesday, December 7, 2004

The Buena Vista University men's basketball team improved to 6-0 overall here Saturday night with a 100-56 win over Grand View College at Siebens Field House.

The Beavers led from the opening tip in the non-conference game, vaulting to a 49-21 lead af the half and outscoring Grand View College 51-35 in the second half.

Senior forward Randy Bissen led the offensive attack, finishing with a game-high 22 points and adding nine rebounds, also a game-high.

Three other BVU players reached double figures in scoring, including senior point guard Eric Wiebers with 21, forward Michael Cameron with 16 and Jordan Campbell with 12.

Bissen was seven of ten in field goal shooting from two-point range and made eight of 11 free throws. Wiebers was three of five from three-point range and 4 of five from two-point range, also making all four free throws he attempted.

As a team, the Beavers hit 34 of 68 field goals for 50 percent while holding Grand View to 19 of 69 shooting for 27.5 percent. BVU made 24 of 32 free throws for 75 percent.

BVU outrebounded smaller Grand View 58-27 and forced 19 turnovers while committing 20 themselves.

The BVU men are at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minn. Tuesday night.

IIAC Notes: Through Saturday night's games, the BVU men were the only Iowa Conference team to remain undefeated. Luther and Simpson are both 4-1, Loras College is 4-2, Wartburg 2-3, Dubuque 2-4, Coe 1-4, Central College 1-5 and Cornell College 0-4.

Each team has played one conference game. BVU beat Cornell last week in its IIAC opener, 64-60.

In other Iowa Conference games last Tuesday, Loras beat Dubuque 84-74, Wartburg stopped Luther, 86-51 and Central College edged Simpson 78-75 in overtime.

IIAC Stats: Even though it's still early in the season, BVU leads the conference in a number of team statistical categories.

The Beavers are first in scoring defense, allowing just 61.2 points per game. In that category, BVU leads by a wide margin, as second-place Coe is allowing an average of 77.4 points per game.

BVU is also first in scoring margin, outscoring its opponents by an average of 74.8-61.2, beating them by an average of 13.7 per game. Wartburg is a close second, outscoring opponents by an average of 94.8-81.2.

Wartburg's scoring average of 94.8 leads the Iowa Conference, followed by Cornell (85.5), Loras (85), Dubuque (78.5) and Central (76.8). BVU is seventh in the conference in scoring offensive, scoring an average of 74.8 points per game.

BVU is also first in the conference in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 35.8 percent. Central College is second, allowing 40.9 percent field goal shooting.

The Beavers are also first in rebounding offense, averaging 45.3 rebounds per game. Wartburg is second (41.8) while Cornell is third (40.5).

The BVU men are also first in rebounding margin, outrebounding their opponents by an average of 8.7 per game. Wartburg is second (8.2).

Individually, Dubuque's Nick Thomas leads the IIAC in scoring thus far, averaging 31.2 points per game. Cornell's Dan McClanahan is second (21.3) and Jeff Ecker of Cornell third (20.7).

Bissen is BVU's top scorer. He's currently averaging 14.5 points per game, which is tenth in the conference. Wiebers is 11th in the conference (14.), Cameron 12th (13.8) and Campbell 18th (11.8).

Bissen leads the Iowa Conference in rebounding. In six games, he has 22 offensive rebounds and 47 defensive rebounds for 69 total and an average of 11.5 boards per game. Clint Driftmier of Central is second, pulling down 43 rebounds in four games for an average of 10.8 per game.

Wiebers is third in the conference in free throw percentage. He's hit 23 of 24 for 95.8 percent. Cameron is tied for third in steals per game with an average of 2.33 per game, while Bissen is sixth (2.17 per game) and Wiebers seventh (2 per game).

Bissen also leads the conference in offensive rebounding (3.67 per game) and defensive rebounding (7.83).

BVU is a run-away leader in attendance in the IIAC, averaging 844 fans per game. Central College, averaging 414 fans per game, is second.

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