2014 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
STORM LAKE—Central College threw a major scare into No. 8-ranked Buena Vista Univ. before stumbling in overtime 77-76 in Iowa Conference men’s basketball action Saturday.
Forward Loren Liming (junior, Ames, Gilbert HS) matched his career high with 21 points and his lay-in off a Miguel Ley (junior, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) pass with 3 seconds left in regulation forced the overtime. But Buena Vista’s Andre Wagner came up with a steal with 6 seconds left in the overtime and the Beavers’ Kyle Stribe was fouled a second later. He hit one of two free throws and Central’s last-second shot attempt in the fierce battle failed.
Buena Vista (12-1 overall, 4-0 conference) trailed most of the way. The Dutch were up 32-29 at intermission and built their biggest lead of the night at 54-46 with 6:28 left, but Buena Vista took its first lead 62-60 with 2:46 remaining on a Jeff Janssen 3-pointer. Central (8-6 overall, 2-3 conference) trailed 65-62 with less than 2 minutes left before rallying.
Liming was 10-of-12 from the floor and had six rebounds. Center Zach Cooper (junior, Johnston) hit 6-of-8 and had 14 points and six boards while forward Mark Holan (junior, Fontanelle, Nodaway Valley HS) followed with 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Ley had 10 points while freshman guard Mick Hoffman (Humble, Texas, Atascocita HS) had a game-high four assists and three steals.
Central shot 47.8 percent from the floor to Buena Vista’s 43.9 percent while each team grabbed 39 rebounds. Central was guilty of just 11 turnovers.
The difference was at the free throw line. Buena Vista converted 21-of-31 while the Dutch were 6-of-11.
Central is back at home next Saturday, meeting Coe College. The Kohawks fell in overtime at home to Wartburg College Saturday, 60-59, dropping to 4-9 overall and 0-4 in the league.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast by KRLS-FM (92.1) with a video Webcast and live stats as well. They can all be accessed via the Central athletics Web site at www.central.edu/athletics.