After trailing 17-6 from the outset, the Buena Vista men's basketball team went into cruise control from that point on, using a 14-0 run to help spark the team to a 74-53 victory over Luther College (6-12, 2-8 IIAC) on Wednesday night at Siebens Fieldhouse.
It was the team's 10th straight win. The win also made the Beavers the first conference team to clinch a spot in the Iowa Conference Tournament.
Despite shooting 48 percent from the floor, the Norse went 0-3 from the free-throw line in the opening stanza, only to see BVU connect on 13-of-15 attempts.
Andre Wagner led all scorers with 22 points, on 6-of-11 shooting, while Matt Cleveland added 10. Adam Friedrichsen came off the bench to haul in a game-high seven rebounds for BVU, which out-rebounded the Norse, 37-30. Rahn Franklin Jr. chipped in with a game-best six assists, while Travis Person tallied a pair of steals.
Buena Vista (16-3) picks up its 10th straight win overall, while moving to 10-0 in league play for the first time since the 2003-04 season. Head coach Brian VanHaaften now sits just two wins shy of 250 for his career. The Beavers look to keep their streaks alive when they host Coe College on Saturday night at 4 p.m.
Luther took the women's game, 79-73.
The Beavers held a 65-58 lead with 7:26 left in regulation before the Norse stormed back with a 7-0 spurt to pull even at 65-65 with 5:11 left. The teams then traded baskets before a pair of free-throws from Margo Muhlbauer put BVU on top, 69-67. From there, Luther (10-8, 7-3 IIAC) closed the game on a 12-4 run en route to the six-point victory.
Muhlbauer, who surpassed the 800-point mark for her career, led the way for the Beavers, with a game-high 27 points. She finished 8-of-16 shooting from the floor and 10-for-10 at the charity stripe, and now sits with 809 career points. Courtney Stoelk and Jenn Schumann followed with nine points each for the Beavers, who finished the contest shooting 45.8 percent from the field.
Buena Vista (9-10, 3-7 IIAC) hosts Coe College on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.