Brian Fogleman scored a game-high 15 points as the Buena Vista University men's basketball team defeated Luther College 70-53 in a key Iowa Conference showdown on Saturday. The previous evening, the Beavers defeated Simpson College by the same exact score.
For the second day in a row, Buena Vista jumped out to a sizable halftime advantage. The Beavers shot 16 of 26 (62%) from the field in the first half on their way to taking a 37-24 halftime lead.
Buena Vista scored the first eight points of the second half as Luther was unable to mount a comeback. The Beavers dominated the glass, owning a 39-23 rebounding edge as they improved to 10-13 on the season and 8-6 in the IIAC.
Rahn Franklin, who netted 10 points, was the only other BVU player to crack double figures as the Beavers benefited from a balanced scoring attack. Buena Vista had seven players who scored six or more points.
Andy Rump scored a team-high 11 points for Luther, which dropped to 12-11 on the season and 6-8 in the conference.
Following Simpson's loss to Loras College on Saturday, Buena Vista is all alone in fourth place in the Iowa Conference standings with two games to play. The Beavers will host Wartburg College on Wednesday, February 15.
On Friday, the BVU men basketball team recorded an important 70-53 Iowa Conference victory at Simpson College
Buena Vista played a very solid first half and took a 41-27 lead into halftime. The Beavers shot 16 of 31 (52%) from the field in the first half while limiting the Storm to 9 of 31 (29%) shooting. Buena Vista also forced Simpson into committing 11 turnovers in the first half.
Simpson went on a 17-7 over the first seven minutes of the second half to trim the Buena Vista lead to 48-44. On the next three Beaver possessions, Andre Wagner nailed two 3-pointers and Jeff Bissen made a trey to bump the BVU lead back to 13. The Storm were unable to cut the deficit to single digits the rest of the way.
Brian Fogleman led Buena Vista with 15 points and seven rebounds. Bissen contributed 10 points and six rebounds for the Beavers who with the win improved to 9-13 on the season and 7-6 in the conference.