2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
STORM LAKE—A second-half surge by the Central College men’s basketball team came up short as Buena Vista University held on to win 85-80 Saturday in an Iowa Conference match up.
After trailing by as much as 23 in the second half, Central (9-9 overall, 2-6 conference) had a chance to win the game after outscoring the Beavers (14-5 overall, 6-2 conference) 50-37 after the half, but a missed 3-pointer and a turnover with 30 seconds left cost the Dutch the lead.
Buena Vista was up 48-30 at intermission but Central shot 60.7 percent from the field in the second half to go on a 22-10 run over a span of 7:37. Buena Vista’s first half lead proved too much for Central to overcome.
“We dug ourselves a hole in the first,” said coach Craig Douma. “We just didn’t execute and didn’t take care of the ball.”
Guard Branden Stubbs (junior, Pleasant Hill, Des Moines Christian HS) recorded 26 points, tying his career-high record. Stubbs shot 64.7 percent from the field. Center Jacob Winkler (senior, Lancaster, Mo., Schuyler R-1 HS) racked up 19 points.
“Branden played really well tonight,” Douma said. “He was shooting well, and Jacob really came to play in the second half.”
Guard Kevin Kaerwer (junior, El Paso, Texas, John L. Chapin HS) scored 12 points and forward Matt Greenfield (junior, Huxley, Ballard HS) added 10 points. Greenfield had a team-high nine rebounds.
“In the second half we had great ball movement,” said Douma. “Our defense was much better after the half, but we can’t give a team like Buena Vista that big of a lead and expect to come back easily.”
Central hosts Coe College Wednesday at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. The Kohawks (11-8 overall, 4-4 conference) won 56-46 against the Dutch on Jan. 5 at Cedar Rapids. The game is set to begin at 8 p.m.