LINCOLN, Neb. — Tyler Stumbo scored 33 points in his first start but the Simpson men's basketball team couldn't fully recover from a slow start, losing to Nebraska Wesleyan 94-85 on Saturday.
Deion Wells-Ross scored 21 points and handed out seven assists for the Prairie Wolves (5-0, 1-0 Iowa Conference), who built a 14-point lead in the first half. Nate Bahe scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half and Jack Hiller added 16 on 4-for-6 shooting from beyond the arc.
A Stumbo jumper pulled Simpson within one at 84-83 with 1:38 left, but Hiller answered with a jumper. Simpson went 0-for-2 on its next trip before Hiller provided the dagger with a 3 from left wing with 46 seconds left.
Simpson pulled within a point three times in the second half but couldn't pull even or take the lead.
Making his first start of the season, Stumbo went 10-for-17 from the field and 13-for-15 from the free throw line to go along with eight rebounds. He led Simpson's comeback effort, scoring 23 points in the second half.
Tyler Stumbo — 33 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
Sam Amsbaugh — 16 points, 1 assist
Taylor Filbert — 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists
Ben Rajewski — 12 points, 4-7 3FGs
Conor Riordan — 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
• Simpson fell to 20-28 all-time against Nebraska Wesleyan.
• Amsbaugh scored in double figures for the 12th straight game dating back to last season.
• Rajewski matched his career-high with four 3-pointers.
Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Dubuque