Junior Wes Nordquist turned in his sixth double-double of the season, scoring a game-high 20 points and hauling in a game-high 10 rebounds, and the Buena Vista men's basketball team used a big 15-4 run to close the game and complete the season sweep over the University of Dubuque, 70-56.
Nordquist, who was honored before the game for reaching the 1,000 career-point mark last week, made 7-of-9 shot attempts from the field, while going a perfect 6-of-6 at the free-throw line. It marks his third double-double over the last five games, and his second 20-point total in the last three.
Senior Doug Bissen made 5-of-8 attempts from the floor to follow with 12 points, and just missed out on his double-double by grabbing down eight rebounds. Fellow senior Jeff Janssen buried three long-range buckets and added 10 points, as BVU made 48 percent of their attempts from the floor in the game. Senior Michael Elming also dished out a career-best six assists.
BVU hung onto a slim 9-8 lead in the early going, but then went on a 10-2 run, capped by back-to-back three-point buckets from Alex Savage and Janssen, respectively.
The Spartans, however, responded with an 11-3 run to get back within a point at 22-21 and later took the lead at 24-23 with five minutes to go in the first half. BVU would use a strong finish to the first half, capped by a buzzer-beating half court shot by junior transfer Tyler Pleiss, who entered the game seconds earlier, and took a 40-29 cushion at into the break.
BVU bumped the lead to 15 six minutes into the second half, but Dubuque followed with a run of its own to get back within 53-50 with under nine minutes to go.
Bissen then scored five of the next seven points to push the Beaver lead back to 60-52, before Savage converted 1-of-2 free-throws and nailed a three-point shot to give BVU a 64-52 lead with under three minutes to go, and Dubuque was unable to get any closer than that the rest of the way.
With Wartburg's home loss earlier in the day, BVU had secured an Iowa Conference Tournament berth before it took the court against the Spartans.
Chris Frazier scored 12 points to lead lead Dubuque (16-8, 10-5 IIAC).
Buena Vista improves to 13-10 overall (9-5 IIAC) and will now host Luther College (16-6, 10-4 IIAC). The Beavers move back within just one game of the IIAC lead after the Norse fell at home to Central College in double overtime on Saturday, 77-74.