WAVERLY, Iowa — Austin Turner scored 14 points, going 10-for-10 from the free throw line, and the Simpson men's basketball team survived a dry spell in the second half to beat Wartburg 86-80 on Saturday at Levick Arena.
Sabonis Smith scored 13 points and Turner made four free throws in the final 23 seconds for the Storm (13-7, 6-5 Iowa Conference), who nearly lost a 13-point lead before holding on to win for the fourth time in five games.
The Storm endured a scoring drought that lasted more than 5 minutes as Wartburg mounted an 11-0 run, pulling within 75-74 on Nate Woeste's jumper with 5:17 to play. Wartburg came up empty on its next four possessions, though, and a layup by Nick Noah ended Simpson's scoring drought with a layup at the 3:39 mark.
The Knights (13-7, 5-6) pulled within a point three more times, but the Storm had an answer each time. Turner remained steady at the free throw line and Nick Webber missed a layup with 15 seconds left, sealing the Storm's season-sweep of Wartburg.
Playing without leading scorer Jordan Cannon, Wartburg got a game-high 27 points from Jaran Sabus.
Turner tied a school record for free throw percentage, becoming the eighth player in school history to go perfect from the free throw line with at least 10 attempts.
Simpson hosts league-leading Buena Vista on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Cowles Fieldhouse. The Beavers (12-7, 8-2) saw a six-game winning streak come to a close with an 85-72 loss to Dubuque on Saturday.