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Beaver cagers scare Hawks, but fall 77-58

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Buena Vista University basketball team gave the Iowa Hawkeyes a bit of a scare early in the second half before falling 77-58 here Friday at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa held a 41-29 halftime advantage, but Buena Vista scored the first 10 points of the second half to pull within two points of the NCAA Division I Hawkeyes.

"Our goal at halftime was to cut into their lead and we were able to do that," BVU men's baskeball coach Brian Van Haaften said. "Once we cut the lead to two, they started making some nice plays to up their lead again."

The Beavers remained within five points until the 11:20 mark of the second half when the Hawkeyes went on a 17-5 run over the next five minutes to open up a 67-50 lead.

Travis Person paced Buena Vista with 14 points and four rebounds. He was a perfect five-for-five from the floor and made four shots from behind the arc. Andre Wagner added 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Justin Johnson scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Hawkeyes, who had four players reach double figures. Johnson drained three 3-pointers in Iowa's decisive second half run. Preseason All-Big 10 selection Adam Haluska scored 15 points.

"It was a great day for Buena Vista University," said Beaver head coach Brian Van Haaften shortly after the game.

"Iowa is obviously the better team, but I thought our guys played pretty well." he added. "They were bigger, taller and stronger."

Buena Vista and Iowa each had 40 rebounds. The Beavers were hindered by committing 27 turnovers, 18 of which came in the first half.

Van Haaften added that a majority of his team's turnovers were in the first few minutes of the game.

"We did a good job rebounding and did not turn the ball over as much when we started playing at their pace," commented Van Haaften.

Iowa shot 25-60 (41.7 percent percent) from the field and made five 3-pointers in the second half after connecting on only one shot from long-range in the first half. Buena Vista was 22-63 (34.9 percent) from the floor.

It was the first time that Buena Vista and Iowa had ever played each other in men's basketball.

"I think it was a special experience for our guys just to play on this floor," said Van Haaften.

"I really appreciate the opportunity that Iowa coach Steve Alford gave us by inviting our program to play in this game."

The BVU coach added that last season, Wartburg played the Hawkeyes last season but used a zone defense the entire game.

Friday night, the Beavers went right at Iowa, using an aggressive man-to-man defense in the halfcourt.

"I talked to (Iowa head coach) Steve Alford before and after the game," Van Haaften said.

"He said he thought we'd have a great season with the players we have," Van Haaften said. "In think Steve really apreciated that we didn't back off and played an agressive style on both ends of the court."

Buena Vista will open the regular season next weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Tip-Off Tournament.

On Friday, the Beavers will face of against Ripon College while on Saturday night, they'll face UW-Platteville.

BVU is at Gustavus-Adolphus Tuesday, Nov. 21 and open the home season Saturday, Nov. 25 vs. Northwestern College.

BVU opens its conference schedule Tuesday, Nov. 289 at Luther College in Decorah.



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