INDIANOLA, Iowa – Playing without the services of two starters, the Simpson men's basketball team didn't have enough firepower to hang with conference frontrunner Dubuque in a 86-75 loss on Saturday.
Chris Frazier scored 21 points on 7 of 10 shooting and Andre Norris scored 17 and grabbed eight rebounds as the Spartans (20-1, 9-1 Iowa Conference) won their fourth in a row.
Getting his first start of the year, DJ Dafney posted a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double while going 8-for-10 from the free throw line to lead the Storm (3-18, 1-9).
Simpson trailed by as many as 23 in the second half but made a late run to pull within 10. Trailing 80-64 with under three minutes to play, Simpson went on a 9-3 run. Anderson made four free throws during the stretch and Dillon Gretzky made a pair of layups to make it 83-73 with 59 seconds left.
Frazier went 3-for-4 from the free throw line down the stretch to put an end to Simpson's comeback hopes.
Simpson returns to action Wednesday, Feb. 12 when it goes to Wartburg for an 8 p.m. tipoff. The Knights (11-10, 5-5) won the first meeting between the two teams and beat Loras 85-80 on Saturday.