In a matchup featuring the top two scorers in the GPAC, Briar Cliff’s Jackson Lamb and Dakota Wesleyan’s Ty Hoglund did not disappoint. In the end, Hoglund’s Tigers got the better of BC with an 88-73 win in men’s basketball action at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. Monday night.
Hoglund, who came in averaging 24.4 points per game, led all players with 36 points on the night. He set up shop at the free throw line, sinking 15 at the charity stripe. Briar Cliff as a team only took 13 shots from the line. Hoglund also had two rebounds and three assists in the win.
Lamb did all he could for the visiting Chargers, totaling 31 points and just missing a double-double with a team-high nine rebounds. The league’s best free throw shooter continued his consistency at the line as he was 6-for-6 on the night.
Freshman Nick Hoyt had a solid performance for the Blue and Gold with a career-high 17 points thanks to a 5-for-7 shooting night on 3-pointers. Jaden Kleinhesselink also finished in double figures with an even 10 points. Austin Roetman and Sammy Green each dished out six assists for the Cliff.
Nick Harden and Tyson Smiley joined Hoglund in double digits for the 6th-ranked Tigers with 22 and 15, respectively. Collin Kramer helped give Dakota Wesleyan a 36-27 edge in rebounding on the night as Kramer recorded a game-high 12 boards to go along with eight points. Harden led the Tigers in assists with five. All 88 points for Dakota Wesleyan came from the starting five as Briar Cliff’s bench put up 23 points.
The first half was back-and-forth with Briar Cliff leading by as many as six at 27-21. Dakota Wesleyan responded from that deficit with seven straight points to regain the lead as the two foes continued to battle. The Cliff led 38-34 late in the first half after a Hoyt 3-pointer, but the Tigers put up the final seven points of the first half and the first eight points of the second stanza to go up 49-38 as the Chargers were never able to even things back up. BC clawed back to within five points in the second half before stumbling late and falling by double digits.
Dakota Wesleyan stayed undefeated with the win, excluding an exhibition loss to St. Cloud State on Saturday. The Tigers are 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the GPAC. Briar Cliff started the season 7-0 but has dropped to 7-3 with a 1-3 record in conference play. The Chargers will have more than a week to regather before hosting Northwestern at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4 in the Newman Flanagan Center.
The BC women’s basketball team hit the road Monday night for a GPAC contest against #7 Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, South Dakota. The short-handed Chargers battled for the majority of the contest but fell 74-55 to the Tigers.
After one quarter of play, the Cliff trailed the Tigers by just four points and BC was able to keep up with Dakota Wesleyan until the 6:44 mark of the second quarter, when the visitors trailed 20-18. For the rest of the quarter, however, the Chargers were held scoreless as the Tigers went on an 18-0 run to lead 38-18 at halftime.
BC was able to regroup in the locker room and go toe-to-toe with the Tigers in the second half, but the damage of the second quarter was done and BC could not overcome the deficit, ultimately falling by 19 points.
“I was really proud of how our players competed tonight,” said head coach Mike Power. “We were short-handed and they played a great team on the road and really competed with them. I think we can really learn a lot from this game.”
Konnor Sudmann put up 20 points for the Cliff and also led the way in rebounds with seven. The freshman went 5-for-5 from the free throw line and had a team-high two blocks. Alyssa Carley chipped in 16 points to go with five rebounds and three steals. With two 3-pointers on the night, Carley moves into sole possession of fourth place on the Cliff’s career threes list with 170.
Sarah Carr had a game-high 21 points for the Tigers. She also grabbed six rebounds. Kynedi Cheeseman, the GPAC’s leading scorer in points per game, was held to 16 points, but gave out seven rebounds on the night.
The Cliff shot 39.6% from the field on the night and 25% from the 3-point line, compared to 36% from field goal range by the Tigers and 20.7% from beyond the arc. BC had the edge in free throw shooting success, going 12-for-13 from the line, while Dakota Wesleyan was 14-for-18.
“We finally weathered the storm and got better tonight,” Power added. “We can use this Thanksgiving break to heal up. We all have a lot to be thankful for an I’m very thankful for having players with great character on this team.”
The Chargers are now 2-6 on the season and 1-3 in GPAC play while the Tigers move to 6-2 and 2-2 in the conference. BC will be off until next Wednesday when the team hosts Northwestern at the NFC. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.