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Storm slow down Grinnell, erase 20-point deficit in win

Storm slow down Grinnell, erase 20-point deficit in win

GRINNELL, Iowa – Dillon Gretzky scored 24 points, Charles Swain scored 19 and the Simpson men's basketball team came back from a 23-point, second-half deficit to beat Grinnell 104-101 on Saturday.

DJ Dafney scored 14 points and Austin Turner scored 10 and had eight assists as the Storm (4-5) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Jack Taylor scored a game-high 43 points and went 11-for-23 from 3-point range for the Pioneers (4-6), who lost their third game in a row.

Simpson managed to slow down the run-and-gun offense of Grinnell, employing a 2-3 zone that yielded just 42 points in the second half. Simpson also won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding Grinnell 48-45.

Trailing 76-55 at the 14:16 mark in the second half, Simpson out-scored Grinnell 51-25 the rest of the way. Sam Amsbaugh's layup with 12:25 left sparked a 14-0 run that got Simpson back in the game.

A 3 by Nathan Balcom put Grinnell up 101-100 with 1:35 left, but Swain answered with the go-ahead layup. Taylor and Luke Yeager missed 3s and Swain knocked down a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left to give Simpson a three-point lead. Taylor missed two 3s on the next possession and Simpson avoided a near disaster after nearly throwing away the inbound with 3 seconds left.

Up Next: Simpson hosts Westminster (Mo.) on Wednesday, Dec. 17. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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