The Briar Cliff men’s basketball team, ranked 18th in the nation, posted a 92-81 over Haskell Indian Nations in Fremont Sunday at the Draemel Classic. The win propelled the Chargers to 9-1 overall on the season, while the Fighting Indians dropped to 2-12 this year.
Briar Cliff only led by two at the half, taking a 44-42 advantage into the locker room, but the Chargers outscored the Fighting Indians 48-39 in the second half to run away with the 92-81 win. BC shot 58.2 percent from the field in the contest, converting 32-55 shots, while shooting 48.3 percent (14-29) from long range and 77.8 percent (14-18) from the free throw line. On the other end of the court, Haskell shot 54.4 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the stripe. The Chargers won the rebounding battle 29-22, while the Fighting Indians had the edge in turnovers 13-10.
The Cliff got the majority of its scoring from four players with Jay Wolfe, Erich Erdman, Jackson Lamb and Blake Wiltgen all scoring in double figures. Wolfe led all scorers with 21 points, while Erdman, Lamb and Wiltgen all dropped in 16 points for the Chargers. Wolfe and Lamb were locked in from long range all day with Wolfe going 4-5 from deep and Lamb was 4-7 from 3-point land. Wiltgen nearly had a double-double with a team-high nine rebounds and Wolfe was second in rebounding with six. Erdman dished out five assists and Josh Belling was second with three helpers. Erdman also had a team-high two steals.
Macauley Brown was the leading scorer for Haskell with 19 points, trailed by Keith Moore with 14, Tristan Keah-Tigh with 12 and Antwon Winn added 10 points. Moore and Brown both grabbed five rebounds and Keah-Tigh had four assists.
Briar Cliff will return to conference play on Wednesday night, hosting Hastings at 8 p.m. at the Newman Flanagan Center.