The fourth-ranked Briar Cliff men’s basketball team suffered its second-straight home loss after falling 80-65 to Northwestern tonight at the Newman Flanagan Center. The loss dropped the Chargers to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the GPAC, while the Red Raiders improved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.
The game featured four ties and nine lead changes with Briar Cliff’s largest lead being three points, compared to Northwestern’s biggest advantage being 19 points. The rebounding margin was key for the Red Raiders at +9 with Northwestern grabbing 45 boards to Briar Cliff’s 36. The Chargers won the turnover battle 11-15 but points off turnovers favored the Red Raiders 19-12. BC shot 35.9 percent from the field and the team couldn’t connect from long range, shooting 25.0 percent from beyond the arc and were 60.0 percent from the line. Northwestern shot 48.3 percent from the field, 29.6 percent from three-point land and 73.7 percent from the free throw line.
Erich Erdman led the Cliff with 26 points on 9-16 shooting, including going 4-6 from deep. Jordan Eisma was also in double figures with 11 points, followed by Jay Wolfe with eight and Shane Graves with five. Wolfe had a team-high seven rebounds and Eisma was second with five boards. Graves dished out three assists and Jordan Comstock led the team in steals with two.
Colton Kooima paced the Red Raiders in points with 27, trailed by Nathan Wedel with 18 and Riley Francis with 13. Jordan Baker grabbed 15 rebounds to go with six points and Kooima dished out five assists and notched four steals.
Briar Cliff completes its four-game homestand on Saturday, hosting No. 14 Dakota State at 4 p.m.
The No. 15 Briar Cliff women’s basketball team defeated Northwestern 69-63 in the Newman Flanagan Center Wednesday evening. The Chargers used a 23-17 edge in the fourth quarter and 18 points from freshman Kailey Burke to pull off the victory. The Chargers improve to 3-2 and 1-0 in the GPAC with the win, while Red Raiders slip to 6-2 and 0-2 in league play.
Both teams struggled shooting in the first half with the Red Raiders shooting 36.7 percent from the field and the Chargers shooting 36.4 percent. Briar Cliff stormed out to a 23-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and Northwestern took advantage of the BCU shooting struggles in the second quarter to head into the break knotted up at 33 apiece. Both teams remained even at the end of the third quarter with the score reading 46-46. The Chargers used great ball movement in the fourth quarter to take the lead and eventually the game 69-63. The Cliff shot 55.6 percent from the field in the second half, while Northwestern only shot 32.4 percent in the second half. Briar Cliff outscored Northwestern 46-30 in the paint and 18-8 in bench points to pull off the victory. The Chargers outrebounded the Red Raiders 44-36. Northwestern won the turnover battle forcing 23 Briar Cliff turnovers, while only committing 20.
Burke led the Cliff in scoring netting 18 points, followed by Morgan Hansen with 14 and Erin Grimshaw adding 12. Hansen was the best ball handler with six assists to go with eight rebounds. Burke and Noelle Johnson each led the team with two steals and Burke accounted for two blocks.
Kassidy De Jong was the best scorer for Northwestern piling up 19 points and Renee Maneman was the only other Red Raider in double digits with 16. Haley Birks pulled down six rebounds and Maneman notched eight assists. Maneman and De Jong helped Northwestern defensively with four steals and three steals respectively.
Briar Cliff will host Saint Mary on Saturday. The Chargers and Flames will tip-off at 2 p.m.