2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
WAVERLY—After a 2-0 Iowa Conference start before Christmas, a cold-shooting Central College men’s basketball team dropped its second straight decision in 2009, a 65-59 setback at Wartburg College Wednesday.
The Dutch (8-5 overall) hit a chilly 34.8 percent from the floor. Bucking the trend, forward Loren Liming (junior, Ames, Gilbert HS) hit seven of 13 shots and finished with a team-high 16 points and six rebounds. Guards Mark Holan (junior, Fontanelle, Nodaway Valley HS) and Miguel Ley (junior, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) each had nine. Forward Grant Franzen (junior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) returned to his home town and had seven rebounds.
Wartburg (5-6 overall, 1-2 conference) was up 36-32 at the half and led by as many as 12 points in the second period. The Knights shot 43.4 percent from the floor and held a 44-32 rebounding advantage in overcoming 18 turnovers.
Central is on the road again Saturday, journeying to nationally ranked Buena Vista Univ. in Storm Lake for a women’s-men’s doubleheader. The women’s game starts at 2 p.m. with the men following at 4 p.m. The Beavers are rated No. 8 by D3hoops.com and are 11-1 overall and 3-0 in the league after a pivotal 71-68 road victory at Cornell College Wednesday.
The Dutch fell at Storm Lake last year 65-58 but surprised the Beavers at Pella 73-71. Central has lost 13 straight games at Buena Vista, last winning Jan. 9, 1999.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast by KRLS-FM (92.1). The broadcast can be accessed via the Central athletics Web site at www.central.edu/athletics.