Sat, Feb. 2, 2013 - [Men's Basketball]
By Jim Naprstek, Assistant Sports Information Director
Buena Vista, 74
With their alumni in the building, the Loras College Duhawks took to the court against Iowa Conference leader Buena Vista in hopes of knocking off the new top ranked team in the conference. Just two days prior, the Duhawks took down the Luther College Norse 63-50. With the Norse loss, the Beavers assumed the top spot in conference play.
In their matchup earlier in the season, the Beavers defeated the Duhawks 79-74 out in Storm Lake, Iowa. However, this time around Head Coach Greg Gorton has his team looking a bit different, and the change proved to be successful in the team's victory on Thursday. With Bobby Harmening and Luke Barry starting for the Duhawks, their fast paced offense has caught opposing players off guard in two consecutive outings.
Ending the first half tied at 38, Loras shot 56%, which was slightly better than Buena Vista's 55%. Both teams tightened up their defense in the second half, which led to lower shooting percentages. The key in the Beavers' victory came at the charity stripe, where they went 17-of-21 in the second half and 20-of-24 on the day. Compare this to Loras' 4-for-5 and 7-for-8 overall, and the differnece on the scorebaord becomes clear. Throw in a pair of untimely Loras turnovers late in the contest and the Beavers had a formula for a win.
While the loss moves the Duhwaks to 2-8 on the year, they showed that their 2-8 record is not indicative of the team's skill or ability. Of the eight conference losses, six were by five points or less. With four games remaining in their 2012-2013 regular season, the Duhawks must string together wins if they want to extend their season. Three of their final four games are on the road.
They'll be at Coe College on Wednesday before returning home for Senior Day next Saturday.