Seventh-ranked Puget Sound ended the Buena Vista University men's basketball team's season here Saturday night courtesy of some hot three-point shooting and a harassing defense.
Puget Sound hit 14 three-point shots in dealing the Beavers an 85-82 loss in an NCAA Division III national tournament second round game.
Turnovers were also key, as the Puget Sound defense forced BVU into 28 turnovers.
"We just turned the ball over too many times," said BVU coach Brian Van Haaften. "That was probably the difference in the game.
"We gave them too many extra possessions because of the turnovers and we also gave them a few too many offensive rebounds. They pressed us everywhere on the court and we just hadn't played against a team like that before."
With the loss, the Beavers' season ended with a 26-4 mark while Puget Sound, 22-3, moves on to the Sweet 16.
BVU's senior point guard Eric Wiebers hit a long, off-balance three-point shot with just 17 seconds left to tie the game at 82.
But Puget Sound's Jeremy Cross came right back to hit the game-winning shot, a three-pointer with six seconds left to give the Loggers the win.
Wiebers finished his stellar BVU career with a game-high 24 points on eight of 11 shooting, including five of seven from beyond the arc.
Senior Michael Campbell hit for 17 points and Newell-Fonda alum Brandon Kies added double figures with ten points.
Puget Sound was led by guard Chase Curtiss, who hit six threes and one two pointer to finish with a team-high 22 points.
Four other Logger players finished in double figures, as Jeremy Cross added 13, Aubrey Shelton 13, Taylor Marsh 11 and post player Zach McVey ten.
The Beavers led throughout most of the first half, taking leads of 11-8, 18-14 and 23-20 with nine minutes, 36 seconds left in the opening frame.
Puget Sound took just its second lead of the game at 29-28 with 6:59 left in the half.
That was followed by an 8-3 run by the Beavers capped by a three-point shot from Reece Viet that gave BVU a 38-32 lead with 4:53 left in the opening half.
The Beavers held their largest lead of the first half at 45-38 with 2:15 left after a mid-range jumper by Kies. Puget Sound closed the opening stanza with a 5-2 advantage to trail just 47-43 at the break.
BVU opened the second half on an 8-5 run for a 55-48 lead with 14:25 left. With 12:54 left, the Beavers took a double digit lead at 58-48 after a three-point shot by Nolan Grimm.
Puget Sound gradually crept closer, aided by its three-point shooting. With 9:10 left, Logger forward Taylor Marsh hit a three-point to get his team within 61-55. The Loggers trailed by just two points at 61-59 with 8:44 left after a nice inside feed and dunk by Zach McVey.
Puget Sound continued its momentum, outscoring the Beavers 10-6 over the next three minutes for a 69-65 lead with 6:42 remaining.
The Beavers struck right back with a two-point shot from inside by senior Randy Bissen and a three-point shot by Wiebers. That gave the Beavers their last lead of the game at 70-69 with 6:02 remaining.
Cross countered with two free throws, and after a defensive stop, Chase hit another three-pointer for a 74-70 advantage with 4:37 left.
The Beavers closed to within 78-76 with 2:35 left after a two-point shot by senior Jordan Campbell. Cross came right back with another two-point jumper, and after both teams missed scoring chances, Wiebers hit a three to get BVU within 80-79 with 1:06 left.
McVey hit two clutch free throws for an 82-79 lead, then Wiebers hit BVU's final points on a long three-point shot for the tie at 82.
With just six seconds left, Cross made the gamewinner from the top of the key.
"It was a contested shot," said VanHaaften. "We had a hand in (Cross') face but he made a tough three-point shot."
The Beavers shot the ball extremely well, making 29 of 52 field goal attempts for 55.8 percent. BVU made 11 three-pointers on 17 attempts, with Grimm hitting two and Campbell adding two more.
Puget Sound held a 38-37 advantage on the boards. Even though the loggers shot just 36.4 percent from the field, they had 66 shots attempts to just 52 for BVU.
Free throws were also a key for the Loggers, who made 23 of 34 attempts to 13 of 20 for the Beavers.
BVU was also in some foul trouble, as Bissen, Cameron and Kies all fouled out.
Six Beavers seniors - Wiebers, Cameron, Campbell, Bissen, Kies and Reece Viet - finished their careers with a 100-19 mark, including 12-0 in Iowa Conference Tournament games.
"Our seniors did a fantastic job of competing over the last four years," said Van Haaften. "They were great teammates and great people."