2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
INDIANOLA — After racking up an unblemished 5-0 record to open the Iowa Conference race, the Central College men’s basketball team suffered its second league loss in three days Monday, falling to Simpson College 89-71.
Following Saturday’s 72-54 loss at Dubuque, the Dutch (12-3, 5-2 conference) failed to generate enough offensive firepower to keep pace with Simpson (6-9, 3-4 conference). Central was held to a 40.7 field goal percentage, including a scant 29.6 in the first half. Meanwhile, the Storm shot 46.8 percent on the night and went for 35.3 percent from long range.
Simpson wasted no time putting the pressure on in the opening period. The Storm jumped to a ten-point lead, 19-9, at the 13:20 mark and didn’t look back.
“We had a tough start,” said coach Mike Boschee. “I didn’t feel like we shot the ball well and it snowballed from there.”
Central went into the locker room trailing 45-25.
A redoubled effort helped the Dutch outscore Simpson 46-44 in the second period, but they couldn’t overcome the deep halftime deficit and the Storm cruised to victory.
“We competed a lot harder in the second half,” said Boschee. “I was happy to see that. We played more like what we expect from Central basketball.”
Junior guard Jacob Winkler (Lancaster Mo., Schuyler R-1 HS) gave the Dutch a boost, coming off the bench to lead the team with a career-high 20 points. Fellow junior guard Demarco Turner (Des Moines, East HS) added 18 points and brought down five rebounds. Forward Chris Lehmann (senior, Champaign Ill., Central HS) recorded six boards, leading the Dutch.
Central looks to resume its winning ways Wednesday when it plays host to Luther College (12-3, 6-1 conference) for a women’s-men’s doubleheader at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. The women tip off at 6 p.m. with the men scheduled for 8 p.m.