BV advances to IIAC tourney championship
Van Haaften notches his 100th win as Beavers knock off Coe 91-69 in semis, will meet top-seeded Wartburg tonight.
STORM LAKE - Adam Jones scored 17 points to lead five players in double figures as Buena Vista earned its second straight appearance in the Iowa Conference men's basketball championship game with a 91-69 thumping of Coe College Friday night at Siebens Fieldhouse.
Buena Vista, now 21-5 overall, will face top-seeded Wartburg in the title game tonight in Waverly.
The winner of that game will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III national tournament.
The win Friday night was the 100th of coach Brian Van Haaften's five-year career at BVU - coming in just his 132nd collegiate game for a winning percentage of 75.7 percent.
Van Haaften reached the 100-win mark quicker than legends such as John Wooden of UCLA and Lou Carnesecca of St. John's. Van Haaften currently ranks second in the nation in career winning percentage among Division III coaches with five years or more experience.
The BV mentor took a team that had won just 26 percent of its games in the prior five seasons, and has produced two conference titles, and now has added back-to-back 20+ win seasons.
"I have tried not to think about it, but after this past Tuesday, it has been in the back of my mind," Van Haaften said of the 100-win plateau. "The one thing I am most proud of is how we have changed the face of the program with quality athletes from western Iowa."
In surging past Coe to keep their national tournament hopes alive, Buena Vista received 15 points from Brett Smith, 14 from Robby Beyer and 12 apiece from Nick Winters and Chris Petersen.
Jones had five rebounds and three assists to go along with his 17 points. Petersen added four rebounds and four assists.
BV shot almost 53 percent from the field and hit 12 of 24 attempts from three-point land.
Buena Vista jumped out to a 45-24 lead at the half and outscored the Kohawks 46-45 in the second half before a home crowd of 1,300.