The Briar Cliff men’s basketball team picked up its fourth win in the GPAC Saturday over Doane, 81-65 in Crete, Nebraska. BC is now 6-7 on the season and 4-5 in conference play.
“I thought our guys were dialed in and ready to play for 40 minutes today,” said head coach Mark Svagera. “They executed the game plan and countered every run that Doane made in the second half.”
The Tigers were on the board first with a 3-pointer from Joe Burt, but Quinn Vesey answered with a 3-ball of his own. BC was on fire from behind the 3-point line to start, connecting on five straight treys to take a 15-5 lead at the 15-minute mark.
The Cliff extended their lead to 24 with 8:34 left in the first half, 33-9 after Conner Groves fourth 3-pointer. Groves scored all 14 of his points in the opening 12 minutes, connecting on 4-of-4 3-points attempts. BC and Doane traded baskets over the final eight minutes, with the Chargers taking a 44-20 lead into the halftime break.
In the first 20 minutes, Briar Cliff shot 16-of-30 (53.3%) from the field and 8-of-18 (44.4%) from the 3-point line with nine assists.
BC struck first in the second half, knocking down a 3-point basket to give the Chargers their largest lead of the night 47-20. The Tigers were unable to rally a comeback, as the Cliff’s lead never dropped below 16 points.
“In another game without our fans in the stands, I thought the bench energy was awesome!” said Svagera.
Vasa put up 21 points, on 8-of-10 shooting and 2-of-3 from behind the arc, seven rebounds, and six assists. Groves scored 14 points and grabbed three rebounds. Nick Hoyt (12) and Jaden Kleinhesselink (10) were the other Chargers in double-figures. Kleinhesselink grabbed seven boards and dished out three assists.
The Charger defense was able to limit Doane to just 35.8 percent from the floor and 21.9 percent from the 3-point line, compared to 50.9 percent from the field and 41.4 percent on 3-point attempt for BC.
Anthony Laravie had a game-high 25 points and five rebounds to lead the Tigers. Jaxon Harre was the only other player in double-digits for Doane with 13 points.
Briar Cliff is back in action Monday in Madison, South Dakota facing off against Dakota State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
The Briar Cliff women’s basketball team picked up a 69-68 victory over Doane Saturday in Crete, Nebraska. The win ends a two-game skid, moving BC to 9-3 overall and 7-3 in the GPAC.
The Chargers trailed early in the first period 5-7, before going on a 7-0 run, to take a 12-7 lead and forced a Doane timeout. The Tigers would regroup with a 10-0 run out of the timeout to retake the lead, 17-12.
It was an offensive struggle for both teams in the second quarter, with neither team scoring more than 12 points. BC was 21.4 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from the 3-point line, while Doane shot 35.7 percent from the floor, but turned the ball over 11 times. The Tigers held the lead heading into the halftime break, 29-25.
A back and forth third period saw three lead changes and the score tie five times in the first seven minutes. The Cliff outscored Doane in the final three minutes, 9-3 including eight of Kennedy Benne’s 11 third quarter points, to take a 49-43 into the final period.
Briar Cliff held onto the lead for the majority of the fourth quarter, extending their lead to nine points with 4:49 remaining after a Madelyn Deitchler layup. The Tigers began to mount a comeback, cutting the Charger lead to two points with a minute remaining, before Sydney Roth hit a trey to take a 68-67 lead with 19 seconds left.
BC called a timeout to advance the ball to half court, with 12 seconds on the clock Sudmann missed a pull-up jump shot. The rebound went to the Tigers but was stolen by Sudmann who found Deitchler in the paint for the basket and the foul, taking a 69-68 lead with just five seconds left. BC was able to turn the Tigers over in the final possession sealing the win.
“We got back to what we do best in the second half, turning them over and scoring at the rim,” said head coach Brita Hand.
Benne did a little bit of everything for the Cliff putting up a game high 23 points, six rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Deitchler scored 17 points and grabbed four rebounds. Slaughter was the other Charger to score in double figures with 11, she also had six boards and six steals.
BC forced 39 Tiger turnovers, compared to 24 Charger turnovers. Briar Cliff also held an edge in points off turnovers, 38-31.
“We did a better job of playing our style of basketball in the second half,” said Hand. “Which we need to continue to do when we come back from break!”
Briar Cliff is off until December 29 when the team travels to Madison, South Dakota for a non-conference matchup with Dakota State.