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Buena Vista men claim Nebraska Wesleyan Classic

Tuesday, December 3, 2002

Buena Vista remained perfect this season with a 4-0 overall record after winning the Nebraska Wesleyan University Classic on Saturday night.

The Beavers opened the tournament with a 75-64 victory over Briar Cliff University on Friday. Sophomore Michael Cameron led a balanced Beaver attack with 11 points.

Robby Beyer and Chris Petersen both finished with 10 points in the opener. Scott Weber and Randy Bissen led the Beavers in rebounding with six apiece.

In the championship game on Saturday, the Beavers faced Nebraska Wesleyan and came away with the slim 65-61 victory.

The Beavers led at the halftime break by just a point, 25-24. Chris Petersen led the Beavers in scoring with 12 points.

Once again, balanced scoring propelled BVU to the win with 10 Beavers scoring in the game.

Buena Vista was 27 of 56 shooting from the floor for 48 percent. Nebraska Wesleyan was 24 of 53 for 45 percent.

Beyer finished with eight points and earned MVP honors in the tournament. Petersen was also named to the All-Tournament Team for Buena Vista.

"Defensively, we were pretty good," Buena Vista coach Brian Van Haaften said. "I think that was the reason why we won the tournament. We held both teams below their season average by quite a bit."

"Our guards do a very good job defensively and setting the tone and how the game is going to be defended."

"Hopefully, what this says about us right now is it makes us tougher," Van Haaften added. "We had to win a tough game on somebody else's home floor and fight through adversity."

Buena Vista opens Iowa Conference play against Wartburg tonight at 8 p.m. at Siebens Fieldhouse.

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