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Coe sweeps BVU basketball teams

January 03, 2020 6:09am

The Buena Vista men's basketball team dropped a heartbreaking double-overtime home game to visiting Coe College on Thursday night, 86-80.

BVU led 67-66 and was heading to the free-throw line with 12 seconds left in regulation.  Garrett Sittner made the first attempt but the second was off target and was rebounded by the Kohawks.  With time winding down, Austin Roth hit a runner in the lane at the buzzer at the other end for Coe, sending the game into overtime tied at 68-68.

In the first overtime period, the Beavers scored the first bucket before the Kohawks came right back down and buried a long trey to take a 71-70 lead.  After another basket made it a three-point lead, DJ McNeal came up big for BVU by hitting a tough shot and drawing a foul.  He stepped to the line and sank the free-throw attempt to tie things at 73-73.  Coe regained a one-point lead at 74-73 before Michael Demers got his own rebound off a missed three-point attempt and calmly buried the second to put BVU back on top, 76-74 with only 52 seconds left.

The Kohawks later made a pair of free-throws with 19 seconds left to even things at 76-76, and following a pair of timeouts after getting the ball across halfcourt, BVU had a chance to win the game but threw the ball out of bounds right in front of its on bench with three seconds left.  The Kohawks had one last desperation chance to win at the buzzer but the shot attempt from just inside halfcourt was well off the mark.

Coe pulled down a pair of offensive rebounds which led to a pair of baskets early in the second overtime and gave them an 80-78 lead with just over one minute to play.  BVU then got a good look at three-pointer as it looked to take the lead but Lincoln Rock's shot was just off the back of the rim but Brendan Gary snagged the offensive board before a turnover later in the possession gave the ball back to the Kohawks.  The Beavers were then forced to foul and the visitors would convert the free-throws down the stretch to secure the win.

McNeal finished with a team-high 18 points, including three long range buckets, while Dominic Sesma made four treys and added 14 points.  Timothy Jeffries recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards as did Rock with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  He also chipped in with five assists.

BVU dropped to 10-2 on the year and had its eight-game overall home win streak snapped with the loss.  The Beavers are now 1-2 in league play and will look to even that mark on Saturday afternoon when they host Luther College (4-7, 0-2 A-R-C) at 4 p.m.

The Buena Vista women's basketball team returned to action on Thursday night for the first time since the holiday break as it hosted Coe College, and it was the Kohawks using a strong second quarter to take control en route to the 73-56 American Rivers Conference victory inside of Siebens Fieldhouse.

BVU led 22-18 after the first quarter but then was held to only five points in the second frame as the Kohawks began the period on a 15-2 run to take a 37-27 lead into the half.  Coe carried the momentum into the start of the second half, scoring the first 10 points to quickly extend their lead to 20 at 47-27 before a three-pointer by senior Destiny Einerwold ended the run.

Back-to-back three-point buckets later in the quarter by junior Erin Gerke and sophomore Jennifer Schneider pulled the Beavers back within 51-38 before Einerwold also made a pair of free-throws with two minutes to play in the quarter to get as close as 12.

Coe, however, closed the quarter with five straight points and pushed the advantage back up to 17 at the start of the final stanza.  The Beavers were never able to string a run together over the final 10 minutes as Coe led by as many as 21 during the stretch.

Einerwold turned in a team-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting and also made 6-of-7 from the free-throw line.  Schneider followed with 12 points and four assists with Nicole Lange and Christina Schauer each scoring eight points.  BVU shot 35.6 percent from the field overall, including 13-of-26 in the second half.  The team was 9-of-22 from long range and 15-of-20 at the charity stripe.

Jackie Feldt led Coe (7-5, 2-1 A-R-C) with a game-high 25 points.

Buena Vista is now 1-11 on the season and 0-3 in conference play.  The Beavers continue their home schedule on Saturday afternoon as they entertain Luther College in a 2 p.m. tip-off. (courtesy of BVU sports information)