2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PELLA—No. 10 Buena Vista Univ. broke open a tight contest in the second half for a 66-51 win over the Central College men’s basketball team Saturday. After trailing 30-21 at intermission, Central pulled within 36-32 with 16:47 left, but missed a shot that would have cut the gap to 2 points. Buena Vista (18-2 overall, 10-1 Iowa Conference) went on a 9-2 run and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
There was far less drama than when the Dutch (11-8 overall, 5-5 conference) made an upset bid at Storm Lake Jan. 10 before falling to the Beavers 77-76 in overtime.
Forward Loren Liming (junior, Ames, Gilbert HS) had 14 points and eight rebounds for Central while guard Miguel Ley (junior, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS), playing at less than full strength, had 12 points, five assists and two blocks. Forward James Chapline (sophomore, Ogden) had seven rebounds.
Guard Andre Wagner scored 20 points with five assists for Buena Vista.
Central outrebounded the Beavers 36-34, but shot just 38.2 percent from the field.
The Dutch are home Wednesday to take on Loras College in a women’s-men’s doubleheader at Kuyper Gym. The women’s contest starts at 6 p.m. with the men’s game at 8 p.m. Loras escaped with a 60-56 win over Central at Dubuque Jan. 19. The Duhawks were surprised by Coe College Saturday 62-55 but are still tied for second in the league at 8-3 and are 13-7 overall. Live stats and a video Webcast of Wednesday’s games will be available on the Central athletics Web site at www.central.edu/athletics.