Jackson Lamb recorded his second double-double of the season and Jay Wolfe put up 32 points as the Briar Cliff men’s basketball team picked up a road win against Mount Marty Tuesday night in Yankton, SD.
The Chargers defeated the Lancers 87-70 to improve to 7-1 on the season and 4-1 in the GPAC. Mount Marty dropped to 3-7 this year with a 1-4 league mark.
Briar Cliff, ranked 10th in the nation, trailed 4-3 early in the contest before going on a 10-0 run and never looked back to run its win streak over Mount Marty to 23 games.
“We were really good on both ends of the floor in spurts,” head coach Mark Svagera said. “We’re striving for more consistency.”
Wolfe led all players with his 32 points in the contest as the Cliff had two other players reach double digits in points with Erich Erdman tallying 20 and Lamb putting up 11 points to go along with his game-high 10 rebounds. Erdman led all players in assists with five and brought down seven rebounds. Jaden Kleinhesselink added eight points and five rebounds off the bench.
“Jay and Erich were outstanding for us tonight,” said Svagera. “Having seniors lead the way on the road is everything we hope for in the program.”
Colby Johnson was the top scorer for Mount Marty with 16 points. Reily Devine was the top rebounder for the Lancers with eight boards.
Briar Cliff shot 31-of-68 from the floor for 45.6%, 14-of-45 on 3-pointers for 31.1% and 11-of-13 from the free-throw line for 84.6%. Mount Marty was 24-of-55 from the field (43.6%), 6-of-23 on 3-pointers (26.1%) and 16-of-21 from the charity stripe (76.2%). The Chargers held a 37-29 edge on the boards with a 9-3 advantage on offensive rebounds. The Chargers outscored the Lancers 12-2 on second chance points and led 18-13 on points off of turnovers as BC finished with 13 assists to 12 turnovers while Mount Marty turned the ball over 13 times and finished with 11 assists.
The Chargers have the rest of the week off for the Thanksgiving holiday and return to action at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28 for a GPAC matchup with #17 Dakota Wesleyan at the Newman Flanagan Center.
“We’re happy to go into a quick break with a win,” Svagera said. “We’re ready for a few days off to refresh and relax.”
The Briar Cliff women’s basketball team got off to a slow start Tuesday night but bounced back in the second half to down Mount Marty 81-58 in Yankton, South Dakota.
The Chargers jumped out to a 7-0 start with 2-point baskets from Taylor Vasa and Alyssa Carley and a 3-point score from Logan Ehlers. Mount Marty was able to fight its way back and eventually led 37-36 at halftime.
The Lancers scored the first bucket of the second half to go up 39-36 but Faith Troshynski responded with a 3-point basket and it was all BC from there, outscoring Mount Marty 45-21 in the second half to earn the victory.
Taylor Wagner led all players with 18 points and six assists. She was followed by Troshynski, who scored 15, and Carley with 12. Ehlers grabbed 8 boards and chipped in four points of her own.
Sammy Kasowski scored 15 points for the Lancers and Karissa Chamley pulled down eight rebounds.
The Cliff went 29-for-65 from field goal range (44.6%), 15-for-37 from beyond the arc (40.5%) and 8-for-12 from the free throw line (66.7%).
Mount Marty shot 32.1% in field goal shooting, 26.7% from the 3-point line and 73.7% from the charity stripe.
The Chargers move to 5-3 on the season and 2-3 in GPAC play. The Lancers fall to 3-5 overall and 0-5 in the conference.
BC will be off for the next six days for the Thanksgiving holiday. The team will be back in action next Wednesday evening against #2 Dakota Wesleyan. The game is set to tip off at 6 p.m.