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Four Beavers score in double figures during win over CUW

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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WAUKESHA, WI -- Sophomore Cole Darrow finished with a career-high 17 points leading four players in double figures, as the Buena Vista men's basketball team captured a third-place finish at the Carroll University Johnson Bank Tip-off Tournament on Saturday afternoon with a 76-66 victory over Concordia University-Wisconsin.

Darrow converted 7-of-16 shot attempts from the field and 3-of-6 at the free-throw line. He also grabbed six rebounds, dished out three assists and posted two steals. Senior Wes Nordquist, who posted a double-double on Friday, followed with 13 points and eight rebounds. Senior Troy Ticknor nailed a pair of three's and sank all four of his free-throw attempts to chime in with 10 points, as did freshman Nick Clark, who made 4-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-3 from down town.

Sophomore Alex Savage matched his career-high with six assists, while fellow sophomore Brett Heitkamp posted a career-high eight rebounds, defensively.

As a team, the Beavers bounced back nicely after Friday's rough shooting night, and shot 51.7 percent overall, including 6-of-10 from long range. It did struggle at the charity stripe, however, converting only 10-of-21 attempts.

Buena Vista shot out of the gate as Ticknor buried a three-pointer to give the Beavers their largest lead of the contest (20-2) with eight minutes gone by. CUW did rally back, using a 23-9 run over the next 10 minutes to get within four.

Greg Sibenaller made 1-of-2 free-throw attempts and added a lay-up with a minute to play in the first half to push the advantage to 32-25 at the half.

Darrow's bucket early in the second half gave BVU an 11-point lead at 44-33, but CUW again fought back within two at 51-49 with a little more than 11 minutes to play.

BVU continued to lead 65-61 with just over five minutes to play before the Beavers got buckets from Clark and Nordquist to go back up by nine at 70-61 with under three minutes left on the clock.

Clark's lay-up near the one-minute mark then put the team back up by double-digits, and CUW was unable to get any closer than eight from there.

Buena Vista held CUW to 42 percent shooting and only 11 free-throw attempts.

On Friday, Nordquist turned in a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Ticknor added nine points and three assists, but it wasn't quite enough as Carthage College used a 16-6 run over the final five minutes to get past the Beavers, 63-56, in the first semifinal game of the Johnson Bank Tip-off Classic on Friday night, hosted by Carroll University. The game was the season-opener for both teams.

With the win, BVU evens its record at 1-1 and will now travel to Bethel University on Tuesday night for a JV/V doubleheader against the Royals.

The junior varsity contest is scheduled to start at 5:30pm with the varsity set to follow up at 7:30pm.



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