2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
INDIANOLA—A pair of clutch free throws from guard Miguel Ley (junior, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) with 6 seconds remaining gave Central College a 65-62 victory Wednesday night at Simpson College.
Ley hit 7-of-7 from the line for the night and finished with a game-high 20 points and six assists.
Both teams shot well from the charity stripe. Simpson (6-17 overall, 2-12 Iowa Conference) hit 73.1 percent (19-of-26) from the free throw line, but Central shot a blazing 95.2 percent (20-of-21) to hold the advantage.
Central (12-10 overall, 6-7 conference) entered the half with a 4-point lead, but Simpson came back from a 28.1 percent effort from the field in the first half to shoot 44 percent in the second and led by as many as six points. But while Simpson struggled from beyond the 3-point arc throughout the night hitting only 3-of-17 3-point attempts the Dutch came alive in the second half to hit 4-of-8 3-pointers.
Sophomore forward James Chapline (Ogden) was 2-for-3 from 3-point range while scoring eight points in the second half. Forward Preston Davidson (junior, Northwood, Northwood-Kensett) and forward Mark Holan (junior, Fontanelle, Nodaway Valley HS) each added eight for the Dutch.
The victory gives Central four straight wins over Simpson. The Dutch need one win in the final three regular-season games to secure a berth in the six team league tourney.
The Dutch will be in action again on Saturday as they play host to Luther (6-15 overall, 3-10 conference). Central faced Luther in a defensive struggle Dec. 3 at Decorah, coming away with a 41-38 win. The game will be part of men’s-women’s doubleheader with tip-off scheduled at 4 p.m. The games will be broadcast on KRLS-FM (92.1) with live stats and a video Webcast available at www.central.edu/athletics.