2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
DUBUQUE—The Univ. of Dubuque held on to an early offensive spark, handing the Central College men’s basketball team its first Iowa Conference setback Saturday, 72-54.
Central, which hadn’t lost since mid-November, saw its 11-game win streak snapped. The streak is the third longest in the history of the program. The Dutch fall to 12-2 overall and 5-1 in the league while Dubuque improves to 11-3 overall with a 6-0 league mark.
The Spartans sprinted to an 11-2 lead four minutes in, sinking three straight shots from long distance. Central cut the margin to three, 15-12, around the 10-minute mark but Dubuque rebounded and closed the half with a 33-23 advantage. The Dutch made a 10-0 spree at the beginning of the second half to work their way within four points, but couldn’t get any closer than that the remainder of the game.
“We found a way to battle back in the second half and things were looking good when we were within four,” coach Mike Boschee said. “But we continued to not be able to hit the outside shot and it hurt us."
Central shot a chilly 30 percent from floor and 15.8 percent (3-19) from behind the arc. Dubuque shot 41.5 percent from the floor for the game and held a 42-40 rebounding edge.
“We weren’t good offensively,” Boschee said. “Give Dubuque credit for playing pretty solid defense.”
Forward Jack Bruns (senior, Story City, Roland-Story HS) led the Dutch with 13 points. Guard Jacob Winkler (junior, Lancaster, Mo., Schuyler R-1 HS) finished with 10 points and six rebounds and forward Chris Lehmann (senior, Champaign, Ill., Central HS) had 10 rebounds.
The road doesn’t get any easier for Central, which plays three games over the next seven days, beginning with Simpson College Monday at Indianola. The Storm, 5-9 overall and 2-4 in the league, had the weekend off. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.