STORM LAKE, Iowa -- The Simpson men's basketball team broke the school record for most 3-pointers made in a game with 18 and defeated Buena Vista 98-89 on Wednesday.
The offense was clicking on all cylinders throughout the night, especially from deep to break away from a three-game losing skid. The Storm (10-7, 4-5 American Rivers) shot a 56.3-percent clip from behind the arc, their second-best percentage in school history. Simpson also went 30 of 37 from the free throw line, which was the most makes in a game for the team since they drained 47 against Loras on Jan. 25, 2017.
The Storm jumped out to a quick 15-4 lead over the Beavers (8-11, 2-8) right before the 16-minute mark. Kyle Wagner was a major key during that span and scored eight of his 23 points for the night. Simpson pushed the lead to as much as 21 during the opening 20 minutes and shot 60-percent from the field and 65-percent from three.
Buena Vista made things interesting late in the game after falling down by 19 at halftime. With less than three minutes to go in the game, The Beavers stormed back and was only down by two, before Adam Reiter made a free three and Tyler Stumbo made a jumper to extend the lead back to five and it would never get any closer than that for the remainder of the contest.
Timothy Jeffries finished with a career-high 35 points for the Beavers.
The Storm earned their first road win at Buena Vista since 2012, snapping a seven-game losing streak in Storm Lake. Simpson never trailed during the game and there was a brief tie at 4-4, but it lasted nearly 20 seconds before Riordan made a triple. Buena Vista had a 36-10 scoring advantage in the paint and had two more rebounds in the game.
Dubuque visits Cowles Fieldhouse on Saturday for a 4 p.m. contest following the women's game.