Beavers hang on for 74-72 victory over Yellowjackets

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

STORM LAKE - Buena Vista had its 18-point second half lead erased, but got key free-throw shooting down the stretch, as well as a big bucket from sophomore Alex Savage, and the Beavers hung on to edge UW-Superior on Saturday afternoon, 74-72.

Senior Troy Ticknor gave BVU a 51-33 cushion with 14:19 left in regulation, and the Beavers seemed to be in control. But the Yellowjackets then caught fire, using a 21-5 run over the next five minutes to get all the way back within two at 56-54. Included in that stretch were all three of the team's second-half three-point makes. Wes Nordquist, who chalked up a team-high 15 points, became the program's third player in history to reach 1,300 career points and 700 career rebounds. Sibenellar finished with a career-high 12 points, to go along with five rebounds, as Savage followed with 10 points and four assists.

The win is the fifth straight overall for the Beavers, who improve to 6-3 overall. It's now off until it heads out west at the end of the month for a pair of non-conference games out in California.

The team will tip-off at the University of Redlands (6-2) on December 29 at 4:00pm CT. The following day, it will play a 6:00pm CT contest at Pomona-Pitzer.

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