The Briar Cliff men’s basketball team, ranked ninth in the NAIA, posted a 98-86 home victory at the Newman Flanagan Center tonight over Hastings. The Chargers improved to 10-1 overall and 2-0 in league games, while the Broncos slipped to 8-3 overall and 1-2 in the GPAC.
The game was tightly contested throughout the first half with the Cliff holding a 48-47 advantage at the break but the Chargers outscored the Broncos 50-39 in the second half for the 12-point win. The game featured six lead changes and 20 ties with Hastings holding its biggest lead of five points at the 3:50 mark of the first half and BC’s biggest lead of the game was 21 with 2:10 left in regulation.
The Briar Cliff bench outscored Hastings 28-24 and the Chargers also had a 22-6 edge in points off turnovers. The Broncos did have a 44-40 advantage in points in the paint. Both teams shot effectively in the contest with BC shooting 55.9 percent from the field, 46.9 percent from long range and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. Comparatively, Hastings shot 56.7 percent from the field, 43.8 percent from beyond the arc and 84.6 percent from the charity stripe. The Chargers forced 17 Bronco turnovers and committed only eight of their own and another key to the game was Briar Cliff making 15 triples and Hastings had only seven three’s.
Five Chargers scored in double figures in the game with Erich Erdman leading all players with 23 points. Jay Wolfe was next in scoring with 16 points, Ethan Freidel added 15, Jackson Lambdropped in 12 points and Josh Belling posted 11 points. Wolfe notched a team-high six rebounds and Lamb was next with four caroms. Blake Wiltgen and Erdman both dished out four assists and Erdman had a team leading two steals.
Connor Musiel was the leading scorer for Hastings with 21 points, Bart Hiscock added 15, Jake Hansen poured in 12 points and Drew Callaghan had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Briar Cliff will now turn its attention to the top team in the nation in Northwestern. The Chargers will head to Orange City, Iowa on Saturday to clash with the No. 1 Red Raiders at 4 p.m.
The Briar Cliff women’s basketball team suffered an 85-58 loss at the Newman Flanagan Center tonight at the hands of 18th-ranked Hastings. The Chargers are now 5-6 overall and 2-1 in the GPAC, while the Broncos improved to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
Hastings built a big lead in the first quarter, leading 27-12 at the end of the opening quarter and never looked back. The Broncos also outscored the Chargers 18-10 in the second quarter and 27-20 in the third before BC outscored Hastings 16-13 in the final quarter. The Cliff shot 38.9 percent from the field, 26.3 percent from 3-point land and 64.7 percent from the free throw line in the ballgame, compared to Hastings shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from long range and 78.9 percent from the stripe. The Broncos also won both the rebounding battle (42-29) and turnover battle (17-23).
Abby Heston was the leading scorer for the Chargers with 11 points, trailed by Taylor Wagnerwith eight, Logan Ehlers with seven and Johanna Vaske and Taylor Vasa with six points each. Ehlers grabbed five rebounds, while Vaske and Sarah Dreckman both secured four boards. Vaske had a team-high three assists and Julie Targy paced the squad in steals with three.
Harper Sheets led the Broncos with 17 points, followed by Mackenzie Willicott with 16 and Shandra Farmer and Gabby Grasso both added 11 points. Willicott had a double-double with 12 rebounds to go with her 16 points.
Briar Cliff will face another top-20 opponent on Saturday, visiting No. 15 Northwestern at 2 p.m. in Orange City, Iowa.