The Briar Cliff men’s basketball team picked up a GPAC win at the Newman Flanagan Center Wednesday night, topping Dakota Wesleyan 94-90 in a thrilling contest.
Erich Erdman got the home team off to a hot start, hitting a 3-pointer 40 seconds into the contest, but Ty Hoglund scored on the next possession for the Tigers to make the game 3-2.
The first half saw 10 ties and was close at the break, 46-44 in favor of the Chargers.
The squads kept the game interesting in the second half. The 11th and 12th ties of the game came three minutes into the second half and the scoring went back and forth until Dakota Wesleyan was able to pull away by nine points with 11 minutes left to play.
Briar Cliff briefly regained the lead when Erdman broke a tie to go up 85-83. A 3-pointer by Hodlund put the Tigers back in front but it was all Briar Cliff from there, holding off Dakota Wesleyan’s comeback attempts in the closing minutes.
“I’m really proud of the resiliency our guys showed tonight,” said head coach Mark Svagera. “Being down 11 with 11 to go and come back and get that win really took a total team effort tonight. I’m proud of the way the guys fought tonight.”
Erdman poured in a game-high 31 points to go with six assists and two steals. Jay Wolfe netted 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Hoglund’s 23 points led the Tigers and Collin Kramer pulled down nine rebounds.
Briar Cliff moves to 8-1 on the season and 5-1 in GPAC play while Dakota Wesleyan falls to 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
The Chargers will be back in action Saturday afternoon as they take on the Red Raiders of Northwestern in Orange City, Iowa. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.
The Briar Cliff women’s basketball team came up short in a comeback effort against #2 Dakota Wesleyan Wednesday night and fell 73-68 to the Tigers.
The Chargers got on the board first with a 3-point bucket by Logan Ehlers 20 seconds into the contest. Makaela Karst answered for her team with a field goal the teams went back and forth with scoring chances.
The Tigers led by as many as nine points in the first quarter and held a 24-18 lead at the end of the period.
BC cut into the Dakota Wesleyan lead and led by one before giving up a 10-point run to the visitors. The Chargers clawed their way back through the final four minutes of the first half and trailed just 38-37 at the break.
The Blue and Gold hung with the Tigers for the entirely of the second half, trailing by 12 at one point but battling back and falling by just five points to the defending national champions.
“Our kids played extremely hard,” said head coach Mike Power. “You have to tip your cap to Dakota Wesleyan tonight, they made the little things go for them and that truly was the ball game.”
Taylor Wagner put up 13 points for the home team and added five assists and three rebounds. Logan Ehlers scored 12 points of her own and pulled down four rebounds. Taylor Vasa was also in double-digit scoring with 10 points.
Sarah Carr led all players with 21 points for the Tigers. Rylie Osthus grabbed 11 boards.
The Chargers shot 45% from the field and 31% from 3-point range. The squad was 60% from the three throw line.
The Tigers went 37% in field goal shooting, 21% from the 3-point line and 79% from the charity stripe.
Briar Cliff moves to 5-4 on the season and 2-4 in GPAC play. The squad will travel to Northwestern Saturday for a matchup with the #5 Red Raiders at 2 p.m.