The No. 18 Briar Cliff men’s basketball team downed Doane 102-70 Wednesday night inside the Newman Flanagan Center. The Chargers improved to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in GPAC play with the victory, while the Tigers slipped to 3-3 overall and 0-1 in league play.
The game was BC’s second consecutive game hanging 100+ on its opponent and its first time hitting triple digits against a GPAC opponent since beating No. 7 Dakota Wesleyan 106-80 in the Newman Flanagan Center on February 8, 2017. The last time Briar Cliff had back-to-back 100+ point outputs was on December 6, 2015. The Cliff upended Doane at the Newman Flanagan Center 108-85 on December 5 and then throttled Oglala Lakota 135-47 on December 6.
Tonight’s game featured three lead changes. Briar Cliff went 16-29 for 55.2 percent in the opening half and Doane shot 48.3 percent (14-29) in the opening half. The Chargers headed into the break with the 41-34 lead. The Cliff built on its lead in the second half and cruised to a 102-70 victory, thanks in large part to a 38-26 advantage in the paint and a 37-22 contribution from the bench. The biggest lead for BC was 36 points with 52 seconds left.
The Chargers shot 56.9 percent from the floor, 48.4 percent from distance and 76.5 percent from the charity stripe, while the Tigers went 47.3 percent from the field, 47.6 percent from downtown and 47.1 percent from the free throw line. Briar Cliff won the statistical categories of assists (15-12), fast break points (5-0), steals (9-5) and second chance points (6-4). Doane held the edge in rebounds (33-29). Both teams had one block apiece.
Jackson Lamb notched a team-high 20 points for BC, followed by Jay Wolfe throwing down 16 points, Erich Erdman netting 13 points and Dylan Janecek adding 11. Blake Wiltgen notched nine points, trailed by Josh Belling, Ethan Freidel and Jeff Daubanton each contributing seven points. Wolfe had a near double-double, cleaning the glass for eight boards to go with his 16 points. Erdman led the team both steals and assists with four apiece.
Nick Kornieck was the biggest offensive threat for DU with 26 points. Anthony Laravie was the only other Tiger to hit double-digits with 11 points. Jackson Harre led the Tigers in rebounds with eight. Laravie dished out three assists, while both Rylee Zimmerman and Zach Witters paced DU in steals with two apiece.
Briar Cliff will visit Grand View in Des Moines, Iowa for a 2 p.m. tip-off on November 18.
The scoring duo of Johanna Vaske and Alyssa Carley powered the Briar Cliff women’s basketball team past Doane in the conference opener for both teams as BC notched a 69-56 decision over Doane. The Chargers are now 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the GPAC, while the Tigers dropped to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in league play.
Vaske did the majority of her work inside the perimeter, going a highly efficient 8-12 from the field while adding a 3-pointer and two free throws. Comparatively, Carley was a sniper from long range as she hit 5-7 of her shots from beyond the arc. The Chargers shot 55.6 percent from the field as a team, 47.4 percent from 3-point land and 76.9 percent from the free throw line.
After the score was tied 29-29 at the half, BC outscored Doane 21-11 in the third quarter and 19-16 in the fourth to run away with the 13-point win. The Tigers held their biggest lead of the game at seven points with six minutes left in the first half but the Chargers roared back after that, leading by as much as 17 points in the contest.
Vaske and Carley were the top two scores for the Cliff with Vaske dropping in 19 and Carley added 17, while Taylor Vasa joined her teammates in double figures with 11 points. Logan Ehlersgrabbed a team-high eight rebounds and Annie Dewberry was next with six boards. Ehlers also paced the team in blocks with three and Taylor Wagner and Dewberry shared the team lead in assists with four apiece. Wagner also came away with five steals.
Doane shot 40.4 percent from the field, 21.4 percent from long range and 70.0 percent from the free throw line. McKenna Dodd led the Tigers in scoring with 13 points, trailed by Haylee Heits with 11 and Nicole White and Sydney Blackburn both added 10 points.
Briar Cliff will be on the road on Saturday with another GPAC showdown, this time facing Dordt. The Chargers and Defenders will square off at 2 p.m. in Sioux Center, Iowa.