Conner Groves scored a career-high 24 points and Jaden Kleinhesselink put up his second double-double (16 points, 13 rebounds) of the season to help the Briar Cliff men’s basketball team to an 86-71 win over Grand View at the Newman Flanagan Center Tuesday night. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Chargers, who had not won since November 16.
“It feels good to have that winning feeling back,” said head coach Mark Svagera. “We’ve been really close the last few games to breaking through but haven’t put together a full 40 minutes. The guys did a great job stepping up and executing tonight.”
The Cliff shot 54 percent in the first 20 minutes for a 47-32 halftime lead, led by 14 points from Groves. BC was able to extend its lead to 26 with less than three minutes to play before a substitution timeout allowed all suited Chargers to see action and the Vikings outscored the home team 11-0 over the last moments for the 86-71 final score.
Jackson Lamb and Austin Roetman joined Groves and Kleinhesselink in double figures with 18 and 14 points, respectively. Lamb was just one rebound off a double-double of his own, grabbing nine boards to go with four assists and the Chargers’ only blocked shot of the night. Nick Hoyt dished out a team-high six assists and added eight points.
Drew Johnson and Colton Kolowski led the way for Grand View with 18 and 16 points and Ryan Miller had eight rebounds.
Briar Cliff finished 25-of-73 (48 percent) from the field in the contest and went 3-for-3 from the free throw line, compared to 27-of-63 (43 percent) in field goal shooting and 9-for-14 from the charity stripe for the Vikings.
BC will be back in action one more time before Christmas break, traveling to Dubuque, Iowa for a game against Clarke next Tuesday afternoon for a 4 p.m. contest against the Pride.