INDIANOLA - It was a defensive battle by both teams on Wednesday night, but Simpson would outscore the Buena Vista men's basketball team by 13 points at the free-throw line which proved to be the difference during an 81-68 victory inside Cowles Fieldhouse.
Robert Hawkins led the Beavers with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out three assists. Alex Rogers, Jr. came off the bench and scored nine of his 12 points in the first half and was just one shy of his career-best.
The Beavers were held to a season-low eight three-point buckets and saw their streak of reaching double-digits halted at eight (dating back to last season). BVU was just 8-of-26 from beyond the arc in what was a battle of two of the top three-point shooting teams in the conference.
Simpson struggled a bit more from long range, connecting on just 4-of-19. The Storm were just 41.5 percent from the field overall while BVU connected on just 40.3 percent of its attempts. The difference was at the charity stripe where the Storm went 23-of-31 while BVU was 10-of-15. Simpson also outrebounded the Beavers by 12 and had a 20-6 advantage in second chance points.
The game was tight nearly the entire way with BVU using a 7-0 spurt right at the end of the first half to pull even at 35-35 at the half. Simpson (6-2, 2-1 A-R-C) scored the first three of the second half and maintained a six-point cushion throughout before pulling away to a 14-point lead late in the final two minutes.
Buena Vista is now 3-3 on the year and 1-1 in conference play. It will step out of league play on Saturday afternoon, December 8, when it plays at UW-La Crosse. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m.