UD Win Streak Snapped at Six by Simpson

Jan 5, 2019

Box Score

DUBUQUE, Iowa- The University of Dubuque men’s basketball team saw their six game win streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon, despite having a halftime lead. Simpson used eight second half three pointers to upend the Spartans, 86-71.

UD scored six of the game’s first eight points to hold a 6-2 lead at the 17:25 mark. The Spartans grew their lead to eight, which would be their largest lead of the game, with just over 14 minutes to play in the opening half.

Simpson quickly took that eight point UD lead and turned it into a five point Storm lead over the course of a four minute span with a 13-0 run. The two teams were tied at five different points in the first half but Cade Daugherty drilled a three with 47 seconds left in the half and Avery Butler hit a floater in the paint at the buzzer of an inbound play to take a 42-37 lead into halftime. Both teams shot over 40% in the first half with the Storm at 44.1% and UD at 43.8%.

With the score tied at 49 all with 14:36 remaining in the game, Simpson used a 9-0 run over 2:53 to gain control of the game. The closest the Spartan could ever get again would be five points as the Storm would build their lead up to as many as 14 with 5:14 left. The Storm fended off any run that UD tried to make, as they shot 56.0% in the second half, including 8-11 (72.7%) from three and helped salt the game away late with their 89.5% (17-19) free throw percentage.

Despite the loss, the Spartans dominated on the glass, grabbing 18 offensive rebounds for 26 second chance points compared to Simpson’s nine offense rebounds and nine second chance points. However, the Storm hurt the Spartans in transition winning the fast break point battle, 19-3.

For the game, UD shot 39.7% (25-63) and was led by Avery Butler with 19 points. Marcus McDaniel and Michael Williams joined Butler in double figures with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Williams also hauled in a game-high nine rebounds.

UD will make the trip down to Cedar Rapids on Wednesday to take on Coe College at 8:00 p.m.