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No. 1 NWU returns to the site of its last loss for Wednesday game at Simpson
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No. 1 NWU returns to the site of its last loss for Wednesday game at Simpson

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Loras vs. Nebraska Wesleyan, 1.5

Nebraska Wesleyan’s Ryan Garver (3) drives to the basket for two points after a first half steal against Loras on Saturday at Snyder Arena.

The last time Nebraska Wesleyan’s men’s basketball team lost a game was at Simpson College on Jan. 27 last year, a 102-97 overtime setback.

The defending NCAA Division III national champions return to Indianola, Iowa, on Wednesday with a school-record 26-game winning streak and a No. 1 national ranking, taking on a Storm team on its home court that’s 9-4 this season and 3-2 in American Rivers Conference play.

NWU (13-0, 4-0) is far from healthy, with 6-foot-4 All-American guard Nate Schimonitz listed day-to-day with a hamstring injury and three-year starter Jack Hiller, a junior forward, sidelined with a broken foot.

With 6-2 juniors Nate Bahe and Dylan Dirks starting in their place and seniors Ryan Garver and Cooper Cook combining for 45 points, NWU defeated No. 20 Loras 89-71 at home Saturday to stay undefeated, one of four teams yet to lose in Division III this season.

The 6-3 Garver, a former Lincoln Northeast all-stater, was named ARC player of the week and selected to the D3hoops.com National Team of the Week after averaging 24 points, seven rebounds, 5.5 assists and 4.5 steals in two wins last week.

Simpson is led by junior guard Connor Riordan, who averages 19.5 points per game this season and had 32 in the win over NWU a year ago.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7437 or rpowell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @ronpowell_ljs.

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Ron Powell is a longtime prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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