Men’s basketball loses, can’t weather Nebraska Wesleyan 3-Point barrage

by Brock Borgeson

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Simpson College men’s basketball team almost made school history Saturday night, sinking 14 3-pointers, second all-time for Storm men’s basketball.

50 percent from behind the arc wasn’t enough for the Storm though.

The Nebraska Wesleyan University Prairie Wolves were even hotter from downtown, draining 23 3-point field goals, obliterating their previous record of 16, as Simpson fell 110-97.

With the loss, Simpson (3-4) dropped both games at the 26th Annual Snyder Classic, and has now dropped three in a row.

After scoring the first basket of the game, Simpson trailed the entire ball-game reducing the Prairie Wolves lead to nine three different times, although they were unable to get any closer as Nebraska Wesleyan (2-3) held their lead to the final buzzer.

This was Nebraska Wesleyan’s third game of over 100 points in a game as they shot 52.8 percent from the floor, knocking down eight more 3-pointers than 2-point field goals.

Trey Bardsley was named tournament MVP as he lead the Prarie Wolves with 26 points, 14 assists, and eight rebounds.

Despite Nebraska Wesleyan’s high shooting percentage, Simpson was still outrebounded, 45-33, as the Storm continued to scuffle on the boards.

Dillon Gretzky wasn’t far behind Bardsley, scoring 25 points on 10-17 from the floor, while reeling in a team-high seven rebounds.

Gretzky was named to the all-tournament team.

Simpson also got 17 points from Charles Swain and Ryan Skaar, as Austin Turner did a good job distributing, dishing out a team-high eight assists.

The Storm’s slate of NAIA teams will continue as they head to Des Moines to take on AIB at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2.