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Simpson falls to Coe in final home game of the season

Simpson falls to Coe in final home game of the season

INDIANOLA, Iowa - Charles Swain came off the bench to score 20 points but Simpson couldn't stop Andrew Wirth and Coe in a 75-60 loss on Saturday.

Wirth scored 24 points and went 6-for-9 from 3-point range as the Kohawks (11-12, 3-9 Iowa Conference) won their second game in a row.

Swain was deadly from mid-range, going 7-for-11 from the field and 2-for-3 from beyond the arch. Tyler Anderson - another non-starter - finished with 10 points and six rebounds for the Storm (4-19, 2-10).

Simpson got 48 points from bench players.

Trailing by six at halftime, Simpson pulled within four after two free throws by Anderson made it 36-32 with 18:49 to play.

Coe responded with a 7-0 run in just over a minute. A tip-in by JT Vonderhaar started the spurt, which ended when a 3 by Wirth gave Coe a 43-32 lead with 17:20 left. Coe led by as many as 18 down the stretch.

Simpson last led at the 4:12 mark in the first half when a jumper by Swain gave the Storm a 25-24 advantage. The game was tied 28-28 before Matt Daoust closed the first half with back-to-back 3s, giving Coe a lead it wouldn't relinquish.

Officially out of the running for a berth in the conference tournament, Simpson will close the season with a pair of road games, beginning with a trip to Loras on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. The Duhawks (13-10, 6-6) beat Buena Vista 106-100 on Saturday. Loras won the first meeting 86-65.

Three seniors were recognized in a ceremony between the women's and men's games as Austin Hennings, Eric Lande and Ryan Olson took the floor at Cowles Fieldhouse for the final time.

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