The Briar Cliff men’s basketball team, ranked fourth in the NAIA, picked up its seventh consecutive victory with tonight’s 78-65 road win at Concordia. The Chargers are now 18-1 overall and 7-1 in the GPAC with a record of 9-2 on the road, a perfect 8-0 on the road and 1-0 in neutral court games. The Bulldogs dropped to 12-5 overall and 5-4 in the league with the loss.
Briar Cliff controlled the game for much of the contest as the lead changed hands only once and there were five ties in the game. The Cliff had its largest lead of the game at 22 points with 4:05 left in regulation. The Chargers had advantages in most statistical categories including 3-pointers (11-7), free throws (13-6), rebounds (40-32) and turnovers (9-14). BC shot 46.6 percent from the field, 34.4 percent form 3-point land and 72.2 percent from the free throw line, while Concordia shot 43.3 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from downtown and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe.
Jay Wolfe turned in a double-double for the Chargers with 16 points and 12 rebounds and also had a team-high three steals. Erich Erdman was the leading scorer for the Blue & Gold with 21 points and Jackson Lamb was also in double-digits with 13 points. Erdman and Lamb both dropped in three triples for BC and Wolfe added two longballs. Blake Wiltgen and Ethan Freidelwere next in scoring with seven points apiece. Wolfe’s 12 rebounds led the team, trailed by Dylan Janecek and Erdman with five caroms each. Janecek and Erdman also shared the team lead in assists with both players dishing out four helpers.
Tanner Shuck led the Bulldogs in scoring with 11 poitns and Clay Reimers and Jake Hornick with next with 10 points each. Kyle Pierce had a near double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
Briar Cliff will be on the road again on Saturday afternoon, traveling to Sioux Center, Iowa to clash with Dordt. The Chargers and Defenders will square off at 4 p.m.
The Briar Cliff women’s basketball team suffered a 95-57 loss at No. 1 Concordia tonight in Seward, Nebraska. The loss dropped the Chargers to 8-12 overall and 5-5 in the GPAC, while the Bulldogs remained perfect this season at 18-0 and 10-0 in the conference.
Briar Cliff played Concordia tight in the first quarter with the Chargers trailing 20-19 at the end of the first frame. It was all Bulldogs from there though, outscoring BC 29-15 in the second, 26-12 in the third and 20-11 in the fourth for the big win. The first quarter was tightly contested with six ties and seven lead changes before Concordia took control of the ballgame. The Bulldogs also won the rebounding battle 42-39 and won the turnover battle 19-32.
The Chargers shot 37.7 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from long range and 61.9 percent from the free throw line in the contest, compared to the Bulldogs shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the stripe. Concordia also had an 18-4 edge in 3-pointers made.
Logan Ehlers was the high scorer for the Cliff with 15 points. Taylor Vasa, Julie Targy and Annie Dewberry were next in scoring with eight points apiece and Breanna Allen scored six points. Ehlers and Allen both had two triples for the Chargers. Targy paced the team in rebounds with six, trailed by Vasa, Faith Troshynski and Johanna Vaske with four boards each. Nine Chargers notched one assists and seven players had one steal.
Brenleigh Daum had a game-high 26 points to lead the Bulldogs and Quinn Wragge and Mary Janovich were also in double figures with 17 and 13 points, respectively. Wragge nearly had a double-double with nine rebounds.
Briar Cliff will be off until next Wednesday with another tough road trip on the schedule with a trip to No. 11 Hastings. The Chargers and Broncos will faceoff at 6 p.m.