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Career night for Demers leads BVU past Central

January 23, 2020 6:17am

Buena Vista junior Michael Demers had a career-high by scoring 27 points and nailing a career-best seven three-point buckets as he helped lift the Beavers to a big 90-75 road win at Central College on Wednesday night to wrap up the first half of the league schedule.

Demers made his first five three-point attempts in the first half and led all scorers at the break with 19 points.  As a team, BVU went 8-of-18 from beyond the arc in the opening half and despite trailing for most of the period, used an 11-0 run to close out the half and take a 45-42 lead into the break.

Demers drilled a three-pointer to cap a quick 5-0 spurt to start the second half and force the Dutch to burn a timeout.  The lead grew to as many as 12 at 67-55 midway through, but the Dutch weren't going away.  BVU was held to just seven points over the next five minutes as the Dutch closed the gap to five with 6:05 still left to play.  Timothy Jeffries, however, came up big with five straight points and Demers added a layup to push the cushion back to 80-68 with just over three minutes to play.  BVU maintained that double-digit lead - which grew to as many as 17 down the stretch - as the team picked up its fifth straight win and 15th overall.

Demers finished the game shooting 10-of-15 overall and 7-of-10 from long distance to lead all scorers.  Jeffries turned in 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out four assists, while Dominic Sesma added 18 points, six boards and tied for the team lead with five dimes.  Noah Schmitt also dished out five assists and grabbed a team-high eight boards.  DJ McNeal got the start and chipped in with 13 points and five boards.  As a team, the Beavers shot 44 percent from the field overall and hit 12-of-35 from downtown.  They made their free-throws down the stretch and finished 12-of-15 in the game.

Central (4-13, 1-7 A-R-C) was able to hang around thanks in part to a 12-of-27 shooting performance from long range, but made only three shots inside the arc in the second half.  Adam Flinn registered a game-high 28 points and dished out five assists to lead the Dutch, who fell for the ninth straight game overall.

Buena Vista (15-2, 6-2 A-R-C) is now off again on Saturday and will use the week to prepare for No. 10 Nebraska Wesleyan, which visits Siebens Fieldhouse next Wednesday, January 29, for a 7:30 p.m. contest.  NWU held off the Beavers 78-65 down in Lincoln back on December 4.


 Buena Vista cut an 18-point halftime deficit down to nine midway through the third quarter, but that proved to be as close as the team could get the rest of the way as Central College hung on for a 71-56 victory inside of P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium.

BVU trailed 38-20 at intermission and was just 7-of-23 shooting from the field in the opening half.  The team came out of the break strong, scoring the first six points of the third quarter to spark a 15-6 surge to pull within 44-35, but the Beavers scored just one point over the final 4:41 of the period and trailed 52-36 going to the fourth.  The lead quickly grew to 20 at the start of the fourth for the Dutch, who led by as many as 24.  BVU was able to end the game by scoring seven straight points, but it was too-little-too-late.

Senior Destiny Einerwold was a rebound shy of a double-double, finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds and also coming up with three steals.  Junior Erin Gerke knocked down three of the team's seven long range buckets en route to 14 points and Jennifer Schneider added nine points.  Sophomore Nicole Lange came off the bench to score eight points and grab five boards in 21 minutes.

The Beavers were 33 percent from the field overall despite finishing 6-of-14 in the fourth quarter.

Central went just 5-of-20 from downtown but was able to score 44 of their 71 points in the paint.  The Dutch had four players score in double figures, led by Kendall Brown's 13.  Payton Rogers came off the bench to post a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.  Central (11-6, 3-5 A-R-C) has now won three straight games overall as BVU drops to 1-16 (0-8 A-R-C).

Buena Vista will be off again on Saturday and will begin the second half of the league schedule next Wednesday night by hosting Nebraska Wesleyan inside of Siebens Fieldhouse at 5:30 p.m. (courtesy of BVU sports)