Ty Hoglund netted 41 points to lead the #17 Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball team to an 83-70 win over #10 Briar Cliff Wednesday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.
The Chargers struggled to hit shots in the road contest and ended the night hitting 35% from the field, 13% lower than their season average.
Jay Wolfe managed to record his seventh double double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. He also led the Blue and Gold in assists with three, good for half the team’s total. Ethan Freidel led BC with 19 points. Other Chargers to finish with double digit points totals were Jaden Kleinhesselink and Jackson Lamb with 14 and 13, respectively. Kyle Boerhave returned to the lineup after being sidelined the past few games and recorded five points and six rebounds.
Aside from Hoglund’s big night, the home Tigers got contributions from Aaron Ahmadu with 14 points and Nick Harden with 10. Harden also had five steals as Dakota Wesleyan forced 16 turnovers and outscored Briar Cliff 23-10 on points off of turnovers. Dakota Wesleyan also had the advantages in points in the paint (38-26) and second chance points (5-4).
Dakota Wesleyan shot 52% from the field and 40% on 3-pointers. The Tigers also made 17-of-20 free throw attempts (85%) compared to BC’s 11-for-14 (78%) night from the charity stripe.
The win moved Dakota Wesleyan to within a half game of Briar Cliff for second place in the GPAC standings. The Tigers are 17-6 overall and 10-5 in conference play. Briar Cliff is tied with Jamestown at 10-4 in league competition. The Chargers are 16-5 overall and trail #3 Morningside for the top spot in the GPAC as the Mustangs had an off night Wednesday to remain at 11-1 in the GPAC.
Briar Cliff will look to bounce back on Saturday as the team hosts Midland on Senior Day. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. at the Newman Flanagan Center.
After a competitive first quarter, the fourth-ranked Dakota Wesleyan women’s basketball team outscored Briar Cliff 21-4 in the second frame and cruised to an 88-43 victory Wednesday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.
The Chargers put up the first points of the contest when Taylor Wagner banked in a 3-pointer, but the Tigers would score the next seven points and never gave up the lead. The first quarter ended with Dakota Wesleyan leading 18-14.
Briar Cliff struggled from the field offensively in the final three periods of play. The Blue and Gold shot 56% from the field in the first quarter and 43% from long range, but ended the game with shooting percentages of 33% overall and 29% on 3-pointers. The team connected on 55% of its free throws.
“It was an ugly night,” said BC head coach Mike Power. “We have competitors, but we didn’t compete on either side and I was disappointed in that.”
The home Tigers had an easier time shooting with 50% shooting from the field and 3-point line. Dakota Wesleyan also made 82% of its shots from the free throw line. DWU finished with 23 assists to just nine turnovers. Briar Cliff had six assists and turned the ball over 22 times.
Three players for BC tied for the team lead in points at six including Taylor Vasa, Logan Ehlersand Wagner. Breanna Allen and Paityn Hagberg each chipped in with five points. Ehlers led the team in rebounds at five and Madelyn Deitchler topped her team with two assists. Mya Hendryhad a career high three steals in the game.
Dakota Wesleyan was led by Kynedi Cheeseman’s 21 points. Sarah Carr added 18 and surpassed 1,000 points in her career. Rylie Osthus just missed a double double with 15 points and nine assists. Carr led all players with eight rebounds and the Tigers and Chargers each recorded 28 total rebounds. Dakota Wesleyan had one more offensive rebound than BC (12-11) and led in second chance points 15-12. The Tigers also led in points off turnovers (26-9) and points in the paint (24-16). The Cliff did have the edge in bench scoring (25-15).
The Tigers, who had just dropped to #4 in the national polls this week after previously being #1, moved to 20-3 overall and 13-3 in the GPAC. Briar Cliff extended it’s stretch of back-and-forth wins and losses to 12 games since winning two in a row on December 8 and 9. The Chargers are 12-11 on the season with a league record of 6-9. The Blue and Gold return home for a meeting with (RV) Midland at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Newman Flanagan Center.