Six players reached double figures for Central College, which defeated Buena Vista University 79-61 in an Iowa Conference men's basketball game here on Wednesday.
The setback snapped Buena Vista's season-long three-game winning streak, as the Dutch snapped a 17-game losing streak to the Beavers.
Buena Vista held a lead for the final four minutes of the first half and took a 36-34 lead into halftime. The Beavers made 14 of 26 (54 percent) shots from the floor in the first half and appeared on their way to sweeping the season series with the Dutch.
Buena Vista took an early five-point lead in the second half and Central held just a 55-54 edge with 6:32 left but the Dutch went on a 24-5 run over the next five minutes to break it open. Buena Vista, which made just one of its last eight shots in the game, was unable to cut the deficit to less than nine points the rest of the way.
Clint Driftmier led Central with 19 points and nine rebounds. The Dutch were able to ice the game from the free throw line, as they hit 20 of 22 (91 percent) free throw attempts, all of which came in the second half.
Buena Vista, which was plagued by 24 turnovers, was led by Brian Fogleman, who scored 19 points and yanked down six rebounds. The Beavers made just 9 of 34 (27 percent) field goal attempts in the second half, including 1 of 12 (8 percent) from behind the arc.
Central improved to 9-10 on the year, 4-8 in the conference. Buena Vista fell to 7-12 overall and 5-5 in the IIAC. The Beavers will return to action on Saturday, February 4 by hosting Loras College at 6 p.m.
According to BVU coach Brian VanHaaften, his team was down just one point at 55-54 with 6 minutes, 32 seconds left in the second half, but watched Central go on a 15-3 run over the next four minutes. With 2:34 left, the Dutch led 70-59 and cruised the rest of the way.
"Central is a good basketball team, but we didn't play well," Van Haaften said. "Our execution on offense was poor and we had too many turnovers."
Inconsistency, particularly on the road, is a characteristic of many young teams like BVU. VanHaaften says his team has a tough schedule down the stretch and he hopes he sees improvement with his team.
"We've got to work on a lot of the little things," he said. "We are turning the ball over too many times and we need to correct that."
In other Iowa Conference games last Wednesday, Coe defeated Cornell 83-65, Dubuque edged Loras 95-91, and Luther edged Wartburg 66-65.
In IIAC games Saturday, Cornell is at Central, Luther is at Dubuque and Wartburg is at Coe.