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Beavers hold off Loras, move to 2-0 in IIAC

Monday, January 14, 2013

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STORM LAKE - Cole Darrow led four Beavers in double-figures on Wednesday night with 16 points, while Wes Nordquist added his eighth double-double of the year (14pts, 10rbs), and the Buena Vista men hung on in the end for a thrilling 79-74 Iowa Conference victory over visiting Loras College (5-8, 0-2 IIAC).

Darrow made 5-of-12 shots from the field and 5-of-6 at the free-throw line, while also grabbing five rebounds. Nordquist went 4-of-9 from the field and 6-of-9 at the charity stripe. Nick Clark and Troy Ticknor each buried 3-of-6 from downtown to chip in with 13 and 11 points, respectively. As a team, BVU made 10-of-24 from downtown and finished the game shooting 47 percent from the field.

Ticknor and junior Michael Kaufmann each hit three-pointers to help cap an early 12-2 BVU run just four minutes in. A three from Max Burgeson made it an 11-point advantage two minutes later before Loras ran off seven straight to get within four.

Darrow's bucket midway through the half put BVU up by double-digits before the Duhawks again answered. They grabbed their first lead at 40-38 with two minutes left before the teams went into the locker room at 42-42.

An 11-2 run to begin the second half put Loras in front by nine with 15:35 left. BVU had an answer of its own, scoring 13 straight points over the next two minutes to go up four. Clark scored 11 of those points for BVU.

Six straight by the Duhawks again put them back in front 61-59. The game then went back-and-forth with neither team leading by more than two until Loras made it a 74-71 game with 2:28 left.

Tyler Pleiss then made a pair of free-throws to make it a one-point game before Darrow tied it at 74-74 by making 1-of-2 at the line. After a missed shot from the Duhawks, BVU got a big three-point bucket from Ticknor to put the team up 77-74 with 53 ticks left.

Loras then missed the front-end of a 1-and-1 opportunity and Nordquist pulled down the rebound and got the ball to Clark, who was fouled and went to the line and made both shots for the five-point lead. Loras had a pair of opportunities to make it a two-point game, but misfired on both three-point shots and BVU secured its ninth straight win.

Buena Vista is now 10-3 overall and has won back-to-back games to start the conference schedule for the first time since going 3-0 back in 2009-10. It will have a chance to match that mark when it plays its first IIAC road game on Saturday afternoon at the University of Dubuque (11-2, 1-1 IIAC). Tip-off against the Spartans is scheduled for 4:00pm.



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