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Winning streak ends with loss to Nebraska Wesleyan

Ryan Skaar tied a career-high with 20 points in Simpson's loss to Nebraska Wesleyan.
Ryan Skaar tied a career-high with 20 points in Simpson's loss to Nebraska Wesleyan.

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Simpson's longest winning streak in 13 seasons has come to an end.

Jack Hiller scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the second half and Nebraska Wesleyan beat the Simpson men's basketball team 92-81 on Wednesday, ending the Storm's winning streak at five games.

Cooper Cook scored all 12 of his points after halftime as the Prairie Wolves (8-3, 2-1) shot better than 53 percent from the field in the deciding second half. Nebraska Wesleyan outscored Simpson 54-42 in the final frame after trailing at halftime.

Ryan Skaar tied a career-high with 20 points before fouling out in the closing seconds. He did most of his damage in the first half, scoring 13 points on 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc, helping the Storm (9-3, 2-1) build a nine-point lead. He finished with four 3s.

The Prairie Wolves trimmed the lead to 39-38 at halftime and used a Hiller 3 to spark a 14-4 run early in the second. Hiller scored nine points during the stretch, which ended with his tip-in off a miss and Wesleyan holding a 59-50 lead with 11:31 left.

Simpson pulled within four on a 3 by Jamie Montgomery but couldn't get any closer the rest of the way as Nebraska Wesleyan won its fifth straight in the series.

DJ Dafney had 15-point, 15-rebound double-double and Sam Amsbaugh finished with 14 and nine boards. 

With the loss, the Storm fall into a four-way tie for first in the IIAC standings. Of the nine teams in the league, eight have two wins. 

Simpson goes to Loras on Saturday. The hottest team in the league, the Duhawks (9-4, 2-2) knocked off No. 19 Wartburg 84-75 on Wednesday to win their sixth straight.