WAVERLY - Senior Kyle Stribe turned in a season-high 19 points, on 7-of-9 shooting, but it wasn't quite enough on Monday night as the sixth-ranked Buena Vista men's basketball team suffered its first Iowa Conference setback of the season, 80-66, at Wartburg College (9-6, 5-2 IIAC). The loss also snapped the team's 11-game winning streak.
Aside from Stribe, fellow senior Matt Cleveland turned in 13 points and six rebounds, while Brian Fogleman added 10 points. Andre Wagner, who came in leading the team in scoring, was held to just five points, but did grab five rebounds and dish out four assists. Also defensively, junior Nathan Parker came off the bench to grab five rebounds for BVU.
The Knights jumped out to a 17-5 lead four minutes into the contest and remained in front by 10 at the 13:35 mark. The Beavers, who shot over 46 percent during the opening half, then went on a 19-9 run over the next seven minutes, capped by one of five three-point baskets from Stribe on the night, evening the game at 31-31.
Wartburg, however, stormed back with a run of its own to go back up by seven with 3:35 left in the half. Neither team then scored until a bucket by Doug Bissen to close out the first half, pulled BVU to within 39-34 at the break.
The Knights scored on the game's first possession of the second half to go back up seven before they upped the advantage to 52-42 three minutes later. Back-to-back buckets by the Beavers got them back to within six, but an 8-0 run by Wartburg put them up 14 (60-46) with 11:46 left in regulation.
The Beavers tried to overcome another double-digit deficit in the contest, getting back as close as nine with 9:26 to play, but that proved to be as close as the team could get, as the Knights, who shot a solid 54.2 percent in the second half, built the game's largest lead of 18 (71-53) at the 5:28 mark.
Cole Danielson made good on 7-of-14 shots from downtown in the contest to finish with a game-high 25 points for Wartburg.
The Beavers dip to 14-2 overall (6-1 IIAC).