The 25th-ranked Briar Cliff men’s basketball team overpowered Mount Marty with a 118-59 victory this evening. The Chargers used a huge first half to go up 51-21 before intermission and never looked back. Briar Cliff improved to 7-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference, while Mount Marty slipped to 3-7 and 0-4 in the GPAC.
Mount Marty never led in the contest and Briar Cliff led by as many as 61 points late in the second half. The Chargers controlled the paint holding a 50-22 advantage over the Lancers. Briar Cliff’s reserves commanded a 65-24 lead over Mount Marty and the Chargers scored 31 points off 24 Lancer turnovers. The blue and gold earned the advantage in rebounds (50-27),
assists (20-12), steals (9-7) and blocks (3-0).
The Chargers shot 57.3 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from distance and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe, compared, while holding the Lancers to 33.9 percent from the field, 25.0 percent from downtown and 83.3 percent from the free throw line.
Austin Lefler drained four shots from downtown and led all scorers with 18 points. Jordan Eisma netted 16 points, while Jackson Lamb contributed 14, Erich Erdman poured in 13 and Erich Erdman added 11. Bryan Forbes controlled the glass with eight rebounds and Blake Wiltgen pulled down five boards. Erdman and Shane Graves each dished out four assists. Erdman and Nic Lutmer both created two steals in the contest.
Drew Cheskie led the Lancer offense with 16 points and Hunter Martin hit double digits with 12. Patrick Ciganovic piled up 11 boards and Martin notched three assists.
Briar Cliff will travel to Crete, Nebraska to battle Doane on Saturday. The Chargers and Tigers are scheduled for a 4 p.m. tip-off.
The 19th-ranked Briar Cliff women’s basketball team posted a 72-42 victory at home Wednesday night over Mount Marty.
The victory moved the Chargers to 6-3 overall this season and 4-1 in the GPAC, while the Lancers suffered their sixth-straight loss and are now 3-6 overall and 0-4 in league play.
Briar Cliff was dominant throughout the game, leading from start to finish. The Chargers owned the Lancers in the paint 38-16 and the Cliff reserves were also big in the win, holding a 31-9 edge in bench points.
Briar Cliff converted 25 Mount Marty turnovers into a 25-17 advantage in points off turnovers and BC was also constantly pushing the pace with an 11-0 edge in fast break points. The Chargers also owned the glass with a 40-29 advantage in rebounding. Briar Cliff shot 51.9 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from long range, while the Charger defense held the Lancers to 26.1 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Twelve Chargers scored in the contest with a trio reaching double figures. Kaylee Blake and Kailey Burke both poured in 12 points and Faith Troshynski added 10 points off the bench. Alyssa Carley, Morgan Hansen and Johanna Vaske were next in scoring with seven points apiece. Rebounding was also a team effort with Burke, Hansen and Annie Dewberry all sharing the team lead with five boards. Burke dished out three assists and Hansen notched six steals.
Mount Marty failed to have anyone reach double-digits with Ali Kuca leading the way with nine points and Kellie Winckler was second with eight points. Winckler did secure a game-high 10 rebounds.
Briar Cliff will be on the road on Saturday, visiting Doane in Crete, Nebraska. Tip-off between the Chargers and Tigers is set for 2 p.m.