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Turner scores 19, Storm hold off Gustavus 90-78

Senior guard Austin Turner
Senior guard Austin Turner

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Austin Turner scored a career-high 19 points to lead four players in double figures as the Simpson men's basketball team beat Gustavus Adolphus 90-78 on Saturday.

Sam Amsbaugh scored 16 points, Ryan Skaar 14 and Sabonis Smith added 12 for the Storm (3-1), who beat Gustavus for the first time in five tries. Skaar went 4-for-7 from 3-point range as Simpson made 10 on the day, its average in all three wins. 

Simpson built a 14-point lead in the second half before an 8-0 run cut the lead to six midway through the frame. Ben Rajewski responded with a 3 from the left wing, the first of two big shots for the sophomore down the stretch. His second came with 7 minutes to play, giving the Storm a 79-67 after Gustavus cut the lead to nine. 

Peter Kruize had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Gusties (0-2), who have lost both of their games to Iowa Conference foes. They lost to Buena Vista 81-60 in the season opener.

Turner went 6-for-9 from the field and 7-for-10 from the free throw line, getting to the hoop on the Gusties all afternoon. He handed out four assists and committed just one turnover. 

The Storm host Saint Mary's (Minn.) on Monday, Nov. 28. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.