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Wagner's late-game heroics keep Buena Vista perfect in IIAC play

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Andre Wagner nailed an off-balance jumper just inside of three-point land with 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation, and the Buena Vista men's basketball team remained perfect in league play with a thrilling 64-62 triumph over Loras College (10-4, 4-1 IIAC) on Wednesday night.

Buena Vista appeared on its way to a sixth straight win overall when it used an 8-0 run to break a 46-46 tie with 11 minutes left to play. Loras, however, stormed right back with a 12-4 run to even the score at 58-all with 3:41 to play.

The two teams then traded baskets before Fogleman, who scored eight points down the stretch, gave BVU a 62-60 lead at the 1:42 mark. The Duhakws then missed four straight shot attempts, as well as a pair of free-throws with 29 seconds left.

BVU had a chance to extend its two-point lead, but mis-fired on the front end of a 1-and-1 situation at the free-throw line with 23 seconds left. Loras came down the court on the ensuing posession and tied the score at 62-62 on a bucket from Brian Centella with 13 ticks left.

Not wanting to let the Duhawks get a clean look on the defensive end, BVU head coach Brian VanHaaften elected not to call a timeout, and Wagner took the ball down court for his late-game heroics.

The junior, who buried five three-point shots in the contest, finished with a season-high 21 points - leaving him 23 points shy of moving into a tie with Landon Roth for 30th place on the program's career all-time points scored list with 868. Fogleman finished 7-of-11 from the field to follow with 14 points, while also grabbing five rebounds and two blocked shots.

The Beavers shot only 33 percent in the opening half, but responded with a 46.7 percent effort in the final stanza to help prevail with the win. It finished 10-of-25 from long range, while making only 4-of-7 shots from the free-throw line.

Kyle White paced Loras with 19 points and 10 rebounds, as Luke Slater finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Duhawks connected on 42 percent of their shots from the field, despite shooting 28 percent (7-of-25) from downtown.

BVU snaps a three-game losing skid to Loras, which defeated the team in last season's Iowa Conference Tournament Championship contest.

Buena Vista runs its record to 12-3 overall (6-0 IIAC) and will now entertain Cornell College on Saturday afternoon with a 4:00 p.m. contest inside of Siebens Fieldhouse.

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