The Briar Cliff men’s basketball team hung on in the final minutes against Doane Saturday afternoon and came away with a 66-62 win over the Tigers at the Newman Flanagan Center. The victory over Doane was the 1,000th program win for Briar Cliff men’s basketball and the Blue and Gold now hold a 1,000-557 all-time record.
“When we talk about 1,000 wins, that means we’ve had a lot of great players and coaches over the last 53 years,” said head coach Mark Svagera. “We told the guys we’re fortunate to be part of a program that has had such great success and has such a great tradition.”
BC held a 33-27 lead at halftime and was up by 12 points with 12 minutes to play but the Tigers weren’t going way. Nick Korniek hit a 3-point shot with less than 60 seconds remaining to pull within three points.
Jackson Lamb sank a free throw and scored his 1,000th career point with 22 seconds left on the clock to make the game 64-60 in favor of the Cliff. Doane was able to score on the next possession but freshman Jaden Kleinhesselink secured the game with two free throws of his own. A last-ditch effort by the Tigers was unsuccessful and BC escaped with the victory.
Jay Wolfe put up a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. He also dished out six assists and had two steals. Ethan Freidel scored 16 points and Lamb chipped in 10. Jeff Daubanton added nine points to go with two blocks. The Cliff improves to 16-4 overall and 10-3 in the conference.
The BC senior class hit a milestone with the victory as Wolfe, Daubanton, Jonathan Conyers, Erich Erdman, Nic Lutmer and Lucas Webner have reached 100 wins in their Briar Cliff basketball careers.
Korniek and Koh Flippin scored 26 and 21 points, respectively, for the Tigers and Flippin pulled down nine boards. Doane moves to 6-16 on the season and 3-11 in the GPAC.
The Chargers shot 33.9% from the field, just 20% from the 3-point line and 72% from the charity stripe. The Tigers went 23-for-62 in field goal shooting, 8-for-18 from beyond the arc and 8-for-13 from the free throw line.
Briar Cliff will be on the road Wednesday at Dakota Wesleyan. Tipoff at the Corn Palace is set for 8 p.m.
After jumping out to a 20-6 first quarter lead, the Briar Cliff women’s basketball team fought off a Doane team that wouldn’t go away as the Chargers picked up the 66-55 GPAC victory Saturday at the Newman Flanagan Center.
The gym was filled with former BC players with Hall of Fame weekend festivities going on, including a celebration after the contest commemorating 50 years of women’s basketball at Briar Cliff.
The Tigers actually made the first basket of the game to take a 2-0 lead, but the Chargers responded with an easy layup by Breanna Allen coming off one of BC’s 18 steals in the game. Alyssa Carley drained a 3-pointer on the next possession to give the Blue and Gold a 5-2 lead the team would never relinquish.
Carley finished with a team-high 13 points in the win. Taylor Wagner was next in line with 12 points as she also finished with a game-high four steals.
Logan Ehlers was the only other Charger to score double figures as she finished with 10 points and tied for a team-high in rebounds at four. Wagner and Taylor Vasa were the other two players on the team to bring down four boards. Allen was the top distributor in the game with five assists.
Haylee Heits topped all scorers, finishing with 17 points for the Tigers. She recorded a double double with a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with her points. Heits also led Doane in assists with three. McKenzie Beach added 12 points for Doane.
Briar Cliff shot better than the visitors in all categories with the Cliff hitting 44% from the field compared to 30% by Doane. The Chargers drained 31% on 3-pointers to Doane’s 27% and the home squad sunk 83% of the free throws attempted, while Doane made 64% from the charity stripe.
The Tigers trailed by double digits for much of the contest but snuck back to within six in the final frame thanks to a 45-25 edge in rebounding. The Tigers turned 18 offensive boards into 19 second chance points. BC tallied just four second chance points off of three offensive rebounds.
Despite the rebounding difference, Briar Cliff actually scored at a much higher rate in the paint with a 32-10 lead inside. Briar Cliff also had the advantage off of turnovers with 25 points from 32 Doane turnovers. The Tigers turned 21 BC turnovers into 18 points.
The loss drops Doane to 4-18 overall and 1-14 in GPAC play. Briar Cliff improves to 12-10 on the season with a 6-8 record in league play.
The Chargers return to action on Wednesday with a road matchup against the #1 team in the country when BC faces Dakota Wesleyan at 6 p.m. at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.