Eric Wiebers scored a team-high 18 points here Tuesday night, leading the Buena Vista University men's basketball team to a 79-69 victory over Simpson College.
That was the good news. The bad news was that Wartburg beat Cornell 89-77 in Waverly Tuesday night to clinch the regular season Iowa Conference title.
With the win, Wartburg remained undefeated in IIAC play with a 15-0 mark. BVU is 13-2 after Tuesday's win but just one conference game remains.
In Indianola, Wiebers had the hot hand from three-point range, hitting four of five three-pointers, adding two assists and one steal.
Three other BVU players reached double figures, as senior post player Randy Bissen netted 15 points and senior forward Jordan Campbell and forward Brandon Kies each added 11.
Through the first 12 minutes of the first half, the lead changed hands several times. With the score tied at 20 with 11 minutes, 5 seconds left in the first half, BVU went on a 15-4 run for a 35-24 lead with 6:27 left in the opening half.
Simpson trimmed the lead to seven, at 46-39, at the intermission.
The Beavers maintained eight to ten-point leads throughout most of the second half.
Leading 60-50 with 12:04 left, Simpson used a 14-8 run over the next six minutes and was within four points (68-64) with 6:16 left.
Simpson was within three at 70-67 with 5:06 left but Wiebers hit a three with 3:29 left and BVU made four key free throws down the stretch to stave off the Simpson rally.
For the game, BVU shot the ball well, hitting 30 of 54 field goals for 55.6 percent, including 10 of 21 three-pointers. Nolan Grimm hit three three-point shots for BVU, finishing with nine points while Michael Cameron also netted nine points.
Simpson hit 15 of 30 field goals in the first half for 50 percent, but was held to 34 percent shooting in the last 20 minutes (13 of 38).
Simpson made five three pointers and was eight of nine from the line while BVU was nine of 14 from the free throw stripe.
The Beavers outrebounded Simpson 36-32 and turned the ball over 18 times to 10 for the Storm.
Forward Ryan Hittenmiller led Simpson with a game-high 21 points while Storm Lake alum Scott Ellens added 11 and Jason Parkinson hit double figures with ten points.