The Briar Cliff men’s basketball team extended their win streak to five games Saturday, with an 83-70 win over Doane in the Newman Flanagan Center. BC moves to 10-7 overall and 7-5 in GPAC play.
Quinn Vesey put the Chargers on the board first with a basket in the paint, but Tyler Sullivan answered with a 3-pointer for Doane to take a 3-2 lead. A pair of free throws from Jaden Kleinhesselink put the Chargers back ahead 4-3, and BC would hold onto the lead the rest of the way.
BC extended their lead to 15 (31-16) after a 9-0 run with 10:58 left in the first half. Nick Hoyt found Vesey for a 3-pointer to give the Chargers their largest lead of the half, 44-24 with 4:21 remaining. Doane responded with a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 11, but BC finished on an 8-0 run in the final minute to take a 52-33 lead at halftime.
“I thought our guys really came out of the gates today and executed offensively at a high level,” said head coach Mark Svagera. “We were really sharing the ball well in the first half and getting some good looks.”
Kleinhesselink knocked down a trey three minutes into the second half, to give BC their largest lead of the night 59-35. With just under eight minutes to play, the Tigers and their full court pressure began to claw back into the game. Zach Witters hit a jumper in the paint to cut the Charger lead to eight points with 4:47 on the clock. BC was able to ice the game at the free throw line, knocking down 11-of-15 attempts in the final five minutes.
“In the second half I thought we let our guard down a little bit about halfway through,” said Svagera. “In the end the guys found a way to get a couple of stops late and seal the game at the free throw line.”
For the second game in a row, Quinn Vesey finished with a shooting percentage over 75 percent (6-8) and knocked down three 3-pointers in route to his game high 21 points. He also converted 6-of-8 attempts from the charity stripe and grabbed a game high eight rebounds. Kleinhesselink (17), Freidel (15), Hoyt (10), and Groves (10) also hit double-digit points scored.
Doane held an advantage in several categories, including points off turnovers (21-13), points in the paint (42-30), and bench points (33-17). Anthony Laravie and Zach Witters both scored 16 points to lead the Tigers.
The Chargers were more efficient connecting on 54 percent of their shots, compared to Doane’s 43 percent shooting. BC knocked down 11-of-28 3-point attempts (39%), while Doane hit on just 5-of-26 from deep (19%).
The Cliff will look to extend their win streak Wednesday, as they take on crosstown rival Morningisde at Allee Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.
A strong start for BC women’s basketball in Saturday’s contest against Doane helped the team offset a tough fourth quarter and pick up a win over the Tigers. Briar Cliff held Doane to just three points in the first quarter but were outscored 25-11 in the final period.
The Chargers played strong defense through the first quarter, holding the Tigers to just seven shots from the field and forcing 12 turnovers. Doane made one layup and one free throw in that time for its three points. BC managed six steals in the first 10 minutes, three of which came from Kennedy Benne, and the Cliff’s first nine points were the result of turnovers by the Tigers.
The second and third quarters of the contest saw closer scores and better shooting from both sides, but the fourth was dominated by the Tigers in their comeback effort.
Briar Cliff went up by 21 with a 3-point bucket from Benne to start the fourth and it seemed the Cliff could cruise through the final 10 minutes, but hot shooting from Doane and a cold spell for the Chargers made the final moments more exciting than anticipated.
A pair of free throws by Madelyn Deitchler with 21 seconds on the clock pushed the Cliff’s lead to 11, but the Tigers used 3-for-4 shooting and a few missed free throws from the Chargers to pull within four.
Deitchler scored a team-best 15 points for the Chargers in the contest. The junior went 4-for-7 from the field and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Konnor Sudmann did a little bit of everything for BC, registering 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals and Benne rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points to go with five steals and five boards.
Azallee Johnson came off the bench to score 18 for Doane, including seven in the final minute of the game. Johnson and Ashley Teten both had seven rebounds. After their first quarter struggles, the Tigers shot well from the field, registering a 46 percent success rate overall.
The Chargers were 31 percent from the floor and only 61 percent from the charity stripe. BC moves to 12-4 on the season and 10-3 in conference play.
Briar Cliff now looks ahead to #14 Morningside. The Chargers will head across town to take on the Mustangs at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Allee Gymnasium.