INDIANOLA, Iowa – Eddie Diemer scored 16 points, Drew Crawford had 14 and Wartburg beat the Simpson men's basketball team 69-54 on Saturday.
Crawford went 4-for-6 from beyond the arc and Diemer went 6-for-7 from the field to highlight a great shooting day for the Knights (8-5, 3-0 Iowa Conference), who won their third in a row. As a team, Wartburg shot better than 55 percent from the field including 62.5 percent in the first half.
Wartburg seized control early with a 24-2 run over a 7-minute stretch in the first half. A dunk by Hennings cut Wartburg's lead to 8-7 and brought the home crowd to its feet, but Thomas Perkins canned a 3 and Brandon Flenor sliced through the Simpson defense on back-to-back possessions.
A Drew Crawford 3 capped the run, giving the Knights a commanding 32-9 lead. AJ Arrington provided Simpson with its only points during the run, which spanned nearly seven minutes.
Simpson hosts Loras next Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. The Duhawks (5-9, 0-3) lost to Coe 67-65 in overtime on Saturday.