INDIANOLA, Iowa -- The Simpson men's basketball team couldn't overcome a hot-shooting Loras squad in an 85-61 loss Wednesday night.
Demond George scored a game-high 22 points and the No. 20 Duhawks (11-2, 3-1 American Rivers) shot better than 50 percent in the first half, building a 20-point lead by halftime. Jordan Boyd added 14 points and Ryan DiCanio had 12.
George hit a 3 on the game's first possession and the Duhawks led the rest of the way. Rowan McGowen's layup with 9:01 left capped off a 12-4 run and made it 23-10. Simpson cut the lead to nine on three Kyle Wagner free throws at the 8:10 mark in the first half, but DiCanio responded with a 3 and Loras led by double figures the rest of the way.
The lead grew to 34 in the second half before Simpson outscored Loras 19-9 over the final 9 minutes.
Leading scorer Conor Riordan returned after missing the last three games due to injury. He scored four points in 19 minutes of play … Loras held a 44-26 advantage in the paint and out-rebounded the Storm by 12 … Simpson endured its worst offensive performance of the season, scoring a season-low 61 points while shooting a season-low 34.4 percent from the field.
Simpson travels to Dubuque on Saturday, Jan. 5. Start time is set for 4 p.m. at Stoltz Sports Center.