DUBUQUE, Iowa – Charles Swain scored a season-high 23 points, but it wasn't enough for the Simpson men's basketball team in a 78-66 loss to Loras on Wednesday.
Mirko Grcic had 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Duhawks (6-8, 1-2 Iowa Conference), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Aaron Schueller added 14 points and went 3-for-4 from 3-point range and Domonique Criss scored 12 points off the bench.
Ryan Skaar came off the bench to score 11 points and made three 3s for Simpson. Swain carried the Storm (6-8, 1-2), going 7-for-16 from the field and 4-for-9 from long distance.
Simpson fell behind by nine points in the first half but came back to tie the game 24-24 on a P.J. Edwards layup with 3:28 to play. After falling behind again, Swain's lay-in with 2:29 to play tied it up at 26-26.
Things went downhill from there.
Led by five points from Justin VanWambeke, Loras closed the first half on an 11-0 run to take a 37-26 lead into halftime. The lead extended to 17 points in the second half and never dropped below 10 in the final 20 minutes.
With his season-best effort Wednesday, Charles Swain surpassed the 900-point plateau and increased his career total to 903 points … Ryan Skaar has now made at least one 3 in the each of the last four games and in 9 of the last 10 … Simpson made 10 3s on Wednesday, falling to 0-4 this season when hitting 10 or more in a game … Simpson fell to 2-8 this season when allowing 60-or-more points.
Simpson goes to Wartburg on Saturday, Jan. 17. The Knights (9-5, 2-1) lost to Central 67-59 on Wednesday.