A career night for Jay Wolfe was just what Briar Cliff needed to overcome a halftime deficit to Midland Wednesday night. The senior poured in 38 points in the team’s 111-90 win over the Warriors, going 10-for-12 from the field, 2-for-2 from beyond the arc and 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
The Chargers struggled to find a rhythm in the first half, leading only in the first few minutes. BC managed five ties in the period but could not take the lead back from the Warriors and trailed 55-53 at halftime.
Midland got out to a five-point lead with 17 minutes left in the game, but a few defensive stops put Briar Cliff back in the running and a 2-point jumper from Wolfe with 15:21 remaining in the contest gave BC the lead. The Chargers did not look back as the Blue and Gold continued to pull away for the 21-point victory.
“I liked the intensity we played with tonight after a long break,” said head coach Mark Svagera. “The guys did a really good job of making in-game adjustments that allowed us to string together some stops in the second half.”
The Cliff was perfect from the free throw line, sinking all 18 freebies. The team was 63.5% from the field and 61.9% in 3-point shooting.
Wolfe pulled down a team-high six rebounds and dished out four assists. Ethan Freidel matched the career-high he set in Briar Cliff’s last game, scoring 32 points and grabbed five rebounds of his own. Jackson Lamb added 24 points and four rebounds.
“Obviously Jay, Ethan and Jackson had it going for us on the offensive end, but we had valuable contributions from a lot of guys tonight,” Svagera added.
Bryce Parsons did it all for the Warriors, scoring 27 points, snagging 10 rebounds and handing out seven assists in the loss. Midland was 50% in field goal shooting, 44.4% from the 3-point line and 80% in free throw shooting.
Midland is now 8-10 on the season and falls to 3-6 in the GPAC.
BC improves to 13-3 overall and 7-2 in the conference. The Chargers’ 111 points is the most scored by the team in regulation since a 118-59 win over Mount Marty on November 30, 2016.
The Chargers will return to Sioux City to play at the CNOS Classic Saturday against Hastings. The game is set to tipoff at the Tyson Events Center at 3:15 p.m.
The Briar Cliff women’s basketball team overcame a nine-point deficit in the first quarter to upset #24 Midland 74-68 Wednesday night.
The Warriors held a 13-4 lead more than halfway through the first quarter but the Chargers went on a nine-point run to end the period and tie the game at 13. BC did not lead in the second quarter but went into halftime trailing by just one point, 28-27.
Briar Cliff took the lead from Midland with a 3-point basket from Alyssa Carley on the first play of the second half and didn’t give it up. The Warriors were able to tie the game twice in the third quarter but could not get back on top.
The Cliff led by as many as 11 in the fourth quarter and held off Midland in the final minutes. BC stayed calm under pressure, converting six of eight free throw attempts in the last 60 seconds to hold on to the lead.
“This was a great win for our team,” said head coach Mike Power. “Our defense was solid tonight and we made clutch free throws down the stretch. That was the difference for us.”
Taylor Wagner scored a career-high 19 points in the win and matched her career high in rebounds with eight to lead her team. Carley added 18 points and Taylor Vasa dished out four assists to go with seven points. The Blue and Gold went 19-for-40 from the field, 8-for-17 from the three-point line and 28-for-36 from the free throw line.
Maddie Egr scored 15 points for Midland and had four assists. Maddie Meadows added 12 points and Lexis Haase chipped in 10 points off the bench. The Warriors shot 41.8% in field goal shooting, 26.7% from beyond the arc and 60.9% from the charity stripe.
Both teams are now 4-6 in GPAC play. BC moves to 10-8 on the season while the Warriors sit at 9-7 overall.
The Chargers will be back in action Saturday at the CNOS Classic in Sioux City. They take on #15 Hastings at 1:15 p.m. at the Tyson Events Center.