Beavers open Iowa Conference schedule tonight at Luther
The Buena Vista University men's basketball team scored a 99-86 non-conference victory over Northwestern College on Saturday night after getting behind early. It was the home opener for the Beavers.
Northwestern, which entered the game ranked 11th in the nation in the NAIA, got out to a quick lead.
The Red Raiders were up by as many as 13 points, 21-8 in the first half. Northwestern was leading 40-31 with six minutes to go before halftime when the tide shifted
Mark Joekel nailed a jump shot that sparked a 15-0 Buena Vista run as the Beavers surged to a 46-40 lead.
Buena Vista eventually took a 55-49 lead into the locker room.
Northwestern made the first point of the second half, but could not get any closer than five points the rest of the way.
Buena Vista shot 62.7 percent from the field while Northwestern managed 46. percent.
The Red Raiders out-rebounded the Beavers 36-27 but turned the ball over 20 times compared to the Beavers' 15.
Four Beavers scored in double digits, led by Andre Wagner with 17 points and Kyle Stribe with 14. Rahn Franklin recorded six assists and added four steals.
Curt Schilling dumped in a game-high 21 points to lead the Red Raiders and Chad Schuiteman recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 boards.
It was the highest single-game point total for Buena Vista since scoring 103 points in a win against Central College in 2005, a span of 36 games.
Buena Vista improves to 3-1 on the season and Northwestern drops to 5-3 overall.
Buena Vista will open up Iowa Conference play at Luther College this Tuesday, Nov. 28.