SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Midland University’s men’s basketball team isn’t afraid of anything. Road games in the GPAC are scary, but the Warriors didn’t back down from that challenge on Saturday.
The Warriors (10-14, 5-10 GPAC) were neck-and-neck with the No. 10 Briar Cliff Chargers (17-5, 11-4 GPAC) for nearly the entire game, but couldn’t pull out the upset as the Chargers held on for a 100-94 win.
Due to injuries, the Warriors ran with just a seven-man rotation. In a big game versus a top-10 team, each member did his part.
Senior Reggie Gradwell led the Warriors in scoring with 25 points on 8-17 shooting from the field, including being 7-15 from three-point range. The senior also contributed four rebounds, three steals, and two assists.
Freshman Dillon Faubel continued to show promise as he finished with 15 points, thanks in-part to three made triples. Junior Bryce Parsons fell one assist shy of a triple double as he finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists.
Isaiah Workman and Malik Martin were the other Warriors in double figures as they finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively, while Luke Cadzow and Tyler Craven each came up just shy at nine points each.
Briar Cliff had four players register double digits, led by Jay Wolfe’s 28 points on 9-11 shooting. Wolfe also led the team with nine rebounds and added four assists.
Jackson Lamb (23), Ethan Freidel (16), and Jaden Kleinhesselink (10) were the other Chargers in double figures.
The teams were deadlocked at 50-50 at halftime after a first half that saw 10 ties and five lead changes. The largest lead of the half was a six-point advantage for the Warriors with 1:20 to go before halftime. Wolfe scored six straight points, including a three-pointer to beat the buzzer, to tie the game.
Momentum shifted multiple times in the second half, especially early on as Briar Cliff used an 8-0 run to take a 64-57 lead with 15 minutes left to play. The Warriors responded as Gradwell hit back-to-back threes as part of an 8-0 Midland run that retook the lead.
Wolfe hit a three-pointer with 13:27 left to play that put the Chargers up two, and the lead never changed again. The Warriors hung around and never trailed by more than eight for the rest of the game, but each time it looked like they were in striking distance, Briar Cliff had an answer.
Back-to-back buckets from Parsons and Workman got the Warriors to within three points of the lead with a minute left to play, but a three-pointer from Wolfe on the next Briar Cliff possession served as the dagger. Wolfe and Kleinhesselink combined to go 6-6 from the free throw line in the final minute to hold on to a close 100-94 conference victory.
The Warriors shot 50.7 percent (34-67) from the field, 85.7 percent (12-14) from the free throw line, and turned the ball over just five times. That’s usually going to be enough to come away with a win, but the Chargers are really good, and they found a way to fend off the Warriors late. Regardless, the Warriors fought hard and can build off of that performance as they enter another demanding stretch.
Midland has another tough test ahead this week as the Warriors host No. 3 Morningside (20-1, 13-1 GPAC) on Wednesday, January 30. Back on December 5, the then-No. 2 Mustangs beat Midland 90-68 in Sioux City in the first meeting of the season. Tipoff for the rematch is set for 8:00 p.m. in Fremont, Nebraska at the Wikert Event Center.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Midland University’s women’s basketball team seems to run into a challenge or two every single week, and this week was no different. If you don’t pack you’re A-game on the bus, it could be a long ride home.
The (RV) Warriors (13-10, 8-9 GPAC) never led and ultimately fell to the Briar Cliff University Chargers (13-11, 7-9 GPAC) 72-58 after another lackluster shooting performance on Saturday.
For the second straight game Midland shot under 40 percent from the field, connecting on just 34.4 percent (21-61) on Saturday. Unlike their previous game though their opponent found the bottom of the net. Briar Cliff finished with a 53.8 shooting percentage (28-52). The Warriors made nine three-pointers but were only hitting at a 25.7 percent clip as they racked up 35 attempts from behind the arc.
The Chargers were led by Alyssa Carley’s 15 points on 5-8 shooting from the floor, with each shot attempt being a three-pointer. Off the bench, Logan Ehlers contributed 10 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two blocks.
Breanna Allen and Faith Troshynski each added nine points to the Chargers’ total as each knocked down three shots from deep.
Junior Amanda Hansen tied a career-high with 19 points to lead the Warriors in scoring on 7-13 shooting from the floor. Hansen was 4-8 from three-point range and added three assists and two steals. Senior Maddie Egr was the only other Warrior in double figures as she finished with 13 points, six rebounds, and three steals.
Briar Cliff began the game on an 8-2 run as the Chargers jumped out to an early lead. The Chargers also finished the first quarter on a 9-3 run to take a 19-9 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.
Midland couldn’t get much closer to the lead in the second quarter as the Chargers led by as many as 13 before taking a 39-28 lead into the locker room.
The Warriors did not go away quietly and started the third quarter on a tear. Hansen and senior Maddie Meadows each knocked down three-pointers to start a 12-3 run that pulled Midland to within just two points of the Briar Cliff lead.
Briar Cliff responded and outscored Midland 14-7 to finish the third quarter with a nine-point lead, despite the short scoring outburst from the Warriors.
Midland couldn’t muster another comeback as Briar Cliff continued to knock down threes. Four different Chargers hit three-pointers in the final period as the Chargers led by as many as 16 before finishing off the 14-point conference victory.
Despite getting a win last Wednesday against College of Saint Mary, this marks back-to-back poor shooting performances for the Warriors. Midland can’t afford to make it three in a row with a top-tier opponent coming to town this week.
The Warriors will host No. 8 Morningside (17-7, 9-7 GPAC) on Wednesday, January 30. Midland pulled off an impressive 63-58 upset of the Mustangs in the season’s first meeting in Sioux City back on December 5. Tipoff for the rematch is set for 6:00 p.m. in Wikert Event Center in Fremont, Nebraska.