Men’s Basketball stun Grinnell, 104-101 with second half comeback

by Brock Borgeson

GRINNELL, Iowa – Considering Grinnell College came into play Saturday averaging 117.3 points per game, one would think Simpson men’s basketball would have to make many more than three 3-pointers to top Grinnell.

But, Simpson College did so anyways, going only 3-13 from long range while still beating the Pioneers, 104-101.

Trailing nearly the entire game and never leading by any more than four, Simpson had to overcome a 23-point deficit with 14:57 remaining in the game.

Men’s basketball pulled the trick, outscoring Grinnell 61-42 in the second half as Grinnell native, Dillon Gretzky scored a team high 25 points for the Storm.

Gretzky came into game averaging just less than seven points per game, although he’s come through big against the Pioneers previously, scoring a career-high 32 points against Grinnell in 2013.

Despite hitting 20 3-pointers, and getting 43 points from Jack Taylor, Grinnell (4-6) shot a dismal 37.5 percent.

Simpson (4-5) while putting up 20 fewer shots, went an efficient 57.4 percent from the field.

Four other players scored in double-figures for the Storm.

Austin Turner, filling in for Chad Gutschenritter, who recently left the team, assisted on eight baskets and scored 10, as did Ryan Skaar.

Charles Swain went 7-11 from the floor, scoring 19 and DJ Dafney chipped in with 14 points and 6 rebounds

Cody Isabel and Tyler Anderson, who started the first two games of the season, only played a combined four minutes as they continue to come back from injuries sustained earlier this year.

Up Next:

The Storm will stay in the area to face Westminster College (Mo.) on Dec. 17 at home before taking on DI, Drake University on Dec. 22.