The seventh-ranked Charger men’s basketball team routed the Bulldogs 84-58 Wednesday evening at the Newman Flanagan Center. The Cliff shot 48.6 percent from beyond the arc in the contest, hitting 18 of 37 triples. Briar Cliff now sits at 23-5 overall and 12-4 in the league, while Concordia slips to 16-10 overall and 7-8 in the GPAC.
Briar Cliff started the game with on a 13-2 run and never looked back. The Chargers led 38-22 at the break and built their lead up to as many as 33 points with 11:05 to go in the game. Briar Cliff outscored Concordia 46-36 in the second half and ran away with the 84-58 victory.
The Cliff bench came up huge in the game, outscoring Concordia’s bench 29-12. The Chargers held the statistical advantages in rebounds (31-27), assists (20-19), steals (9-5), second chance points (7-5) and blocks (3-0). Concordia earned the benefit in points in the paint (34-16), points off turnovers (12-9) and fast break points (4-3). BCU shot percentages of 50.0 from the field, 48.6 from downtown and 75.0 from the charity stripe. Comparatively, CUNE hit 43.1 percent from the floor, 18.8 percent from long range and 64.7 percent at the free throw line.
Jackson Lamb led the Blue and Gold with 16 points, burying five triples on seven attempts. Erich Erdman was second in scoring pouring in 14 points, followed by Erich Erdman pouring in 14, Ethan Freidel throwing down 11 points and Jay Wolfe chipping in 10 points. Wolfe accounted for a double-double, grabbing 11 rebounds to go with his 10 points. Josh Belling was second in rebounds with five caroms. Erdman paced the squad offensively with five assists. Wolfe, Erdman and Dylan Janecek all piled up two steals each, while Austin Roetman, Jonathan Conyers and Jared Betz all rejected one shot apiece.
Clay Reimers led all scorers with 20 points and Cordell Gillingham was the only other Bulldog to net double figures in the game. Reimers had a near double-double with eight boards and he also orchestrated the offense with four assists. Five different Bulldogs recorded five steals.
Briar Cliff will visit Mount Marty on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip-off in Yankton, South Dakota.
The Briar Cliff women’s basketball team was handed a 106-67 home loss to No. 2 Concordia at the Newman Flanagan Center on Wednesday night. The Chargers slipped to 9-18 overall and 6-11 in the GPAC, while Concordia improved to 26-1 overall and 16-1 in league play.
It was a four point game at the end of the first quarter 19-15 but it was all Bulldogs from that point, outscoring the Chargers 31-16 in the second, 24-18 in the third and 32-18 in the fourth. The Chargers shot 41.0 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from 3-point range and 90.9 percent from the free throw line, compared to the Bulldogs shooting 47.9 percent overall, 45.5 from beyond the arc and 91.3 percent from the stripe. Concordia also won both the rebounding and turnover battles 37-28 and 22-30, respectively. Two other keys to the game were the Bulldogs sinking 13 triples and getting 64 points from their bench.
Briar Cliff had four players score in double figures with Alyssa Carley leading the way with 13 points. Taylor Vasa, Johanna Vaske and Annie Dewberry were all tied for second with 10 points apiece. Vasa grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and Dewberry added four boards. Abby Hestonhanded out five assists, while Faith Troshynski, Julie Targy and Carley all had two helpers. Vasa notched a team leading three blocks and Carley led the Blue & Gold with five steals. Troshynski and Targy both had four takeaways.
Brenleigh Daum led the Bulldogs in scoring with 21 points and Quinn Wragge was second with 15 points. Mary Janovich added 14 points, followed by Taylor Cockerill with 13 and Philomena Lammers netted 10 points to go with nine rebounds.
Briar Cliff will be on the road on Saturday, heading to Yankton, South Dakota for a clash with Mount Marty. The Chargers and Lancers will tipoff at 2 p.m.