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Briar Cliff Men and Women lose to Concordia | KTIC Radio

Briar Cliff Men and Women lose to Concordia

Briar Cliff Men and Women lose to Concordia

Briar Cliff men’s basketball fell behind early and was unable to mount a comeback as they dropped a 58-81 matchup with Concordia Saturday. The loss moves BC to 11-10 overall and 8-8 in the GPAC.

The Charger offense was cold to start, scoring just four points in the opening six minutes trailing 17-4. BC began to chip away with 9:48 remaining in the first half, going on an 11-2 run to cut the Bulldog lead to four points.

Over the next four minutes, the two teams would trade baskets with Concordia holding onto a single digit lead. Seven straight Bulldog points with 1:13 left pushed their lead to 14 points. A pair of free throws by Jaden Kleinhesselink followed by a Freidel trey cut the deficit to nine points, but a Jackson Hirschfeld 3-pointer as time expired gave Concordia a 44-32 at halftime.

Neither team jumped out of the gates in the first five minutes of the second half, as Concordia outscored Briar Cliff 11-10 over the stretch. The Bulldogs began to open up their lead at the 14-minute mark, thanks to a 15-3 run over the next six minutes. Concordia cruised over the final eight minutes, holding a double-digit lead throughout.

“We did not execute or compete at the level that it takes to win in the GPAC, or the level that is expected within our program,” said head coach Mark Svagera.

Ethan Freidel scored 12 points for the Cliff in his 20 minutes off the bench, knocking down four 3-pointers. Kleinhesselink added 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Andrew Gibb chipped in nine points on 4-of-6 shooting.

After six straight games of hitting over 10 treys, the Chargers went cold Saturday connecting on just 6-of-29 attempts from behind the 3-point line. BC was efficient from the free throw line converting 10-of-11 attempts. The Charger bench outscored the Bulldog bench 28-23 and BC committed less turnovers 6-10.

Carter Kent led the Bulldog attack with 24 points on 9-for-14 from the field, including six 3-pointers, and grabbed seven rebounds. Gage Smith tallied a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards.

Concordia hit on 55 percent of their shot attempts and 42 percent from the 3-point line. The Bulldogs also held an edge in points in the paint (44-24) and outrebounded BC (39-20).

“Down the stretch with four home games we must be prepared and ready to give it everything we have each night out,” said Svagera.

Briar Cliff will finish out the regular season with a four-game home stand, starting Wednesday as Dakota Wesleyan visits the Newman Flanagan Center for an 8 p.m. tip-off.


A low scoring second quarter was too much to overcome for the Charger women’s basketball team as they fell 59-65 against Concordia Saturday. BC falls to 11-6 in conference play and 13-7 overall.

The Cliff trailed 13-15 after the first quarter, with Josie Condon scoring seven points while Taysha Rushton had eight points for the Bulldogs.

The second period would be the difference in the game, as the Bulldogs outscored BC 15-8 to take a 30-21 lead at the break. Concordia began the second quarter on a 10-2 run to push their lead to 10 with 4:27 remaining in the half. The Chargers shot just 25 percent in the second period, compared to 63 percent from the Bulldogs.

BC quickly cut the deficit to one point 31-32, after a 10-2 run to start the third quarter. Concordia finished out the final minute on a 6-0 run, with four free throws and a 2-point basket from Sadie Powell.

The Chargers outscored Concordia 23-20 in the fourth but was unable to sustain scoring runs. With a minute the Cliff made a final push, cutting the Bulldog lead to four with under 10 seconds left. A pair of free throws from Taylor Cockerill iced the 65-59 Concordia win.

“I am proud of our defensive effort tonight,” said head coach Brita Hand. “We battled until the end, but we didn’t shoot the ball well enough to win on the road.”

Briar Cliff held advantages in points off turnovers (20-15), points in the paint (32-18), and committed less turnovers (14-22). BC shot just 34 percent from the floor, 15 percent from the 3-point line, and 55 percent from the free throw line. The Bulldogs made 43 percent of their shot attempts, 39 percent from deep, and 60 percent from the charity stripe.

Taysha Rushton scored a game high 20 points for the Bulldogs, hitting 5-of-7 3-points attempts. Taylor Cockerill added 15 points, doing most of her damage from the free throw line (9-of-14 FT).

“I am proud of our defensive effort tonight,” said head coach Brita Hand. “We battled until the end, but we didn’t shoot the ball well enough to win on the road.”

The Cliff returns to the Newman Flanagan Center Wednesday, hosting Dakota Wesleyan for a 6 p.m. tip-off.

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