Sophomore Cole Darrow (Glenwood, Iowa/Glenwood) and senior Wes Nordquist (Adel, Iowa/ADM) each turned in double-doubles for BVU on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough in the end, as the Beavers fell at home to Wartburg College, 88-77.
Darrow finished with a team-high 18 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds for his first career double-double. The reigning Iowa Conference Male Athlete of the Week, shot 8-of-13 from the field, including one three-pointer, over 29 minutes. Nordquist followed with his 10th double-double of the year, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, including five offensive boards. He’s now seven rebounds shy of becoming only the second player in program history to score at least 1,400 career points and grab 800 career rebounds.
Senior Troy Ticknor (Adel, Iowa/ADM) made 3-of-6 attempts from long range and all four free-throws to follow with 15 points, while fellow senior Tyler Pleiss (Omaha, Neb./Ralston) made five of his six field goal attempts to add 11 points.
As a team, BVU shot 46 percent from the field in the contest, but made just 6-of-21 from long range. BVU went to the foul line 24 times, compared to 38 times by the Knights, who outscored the Beavers by 11 at the charity stripe.
The first half, which saw 11 lead changes, was tight all the way with neither team leading by more than four, as the game was tied 38-38 at the break.
The Knights then came out and started the second half on a 24-9 run and led 62-47 with 11:43 to play. Ticknor then caught fire for the Beavers, draining back-to-back three-point buckets, including a big ‘and-one’, which helped get BVU back within eight at 65-57 with a little more than nine minutes to play.
The Beavers were still within eight at the seven-minute mark, but a three-pointer from Wartburg, which played the majority of the game without its leading scorer due to foul trouble, put them back up 11, and BVU was unable to get any closer from there.
Mitchell Murphy scored a game-high 25 points to help lead the Knights (10-5, 5-0 IIAC).
It was just the 19th home conference loss under head coach Brian VanHaaften, who came into the game with a 31-11 overall mark against the Knights.
BVU, now 11-5 (3-2 IIAC) will look to bounce back as it goes on the road for back-to-back games, beginning with Monday night’s 8:00pm tip-off at Central College (9-6, 2-3 IIAC).
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