The Briar Cliff men’s basketball team allowed a season-low 60 points to Dakota State as the Chargers rolled to a 95-60 victory over the Trojans Saturday afternoon at the Newman Flanagan Center.
The Blue and Gold got things going right away with the game’s first eight points. Dakota State responded and narrowed the deficit to just four at 18-14, but a 6-0 run by Briar Cliff capped off by a Kyle Boerhave dunk midway through the first half got the crowd involved and the Chargers never looked back.
“Kyle really got us going offensively,” head coach Mark Svagera said. “He was able to get some easy looks and got some dunks.”
Boerhave led all scorers in the contest with 18 points. Jackson Lamb was the second leading scorer and recorded his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Dakota State was never able to get in a rhythm offensively as the Trojans finished 24-for-67 from the field for 36% and 9-of-26 from 3-point range for 35%.
“Defensively we really got after them,” Svagera said. “I thought we came out with a high level of intensity. We forced some turnovers and forced some tough shots.”
The Trojans were led in scoring by Josh McGreal and Mitchell Biever with 12 points each. Brady Van Holland had the most rebounds for the visitors with five. Briar Cliff outrebounded Dakota State 40-22.
Another key stats that jumped out in BC’s favor was the assist totals. Dakota State had 18 assists, but Briar Cliff finished with 28 assists. Ethan Freidel led the way with a career-high six assists to go along with 11 points.
“We always try to be a high assist team,” said Svagera. “When we share the ball we are successful.”
Jay Wolfe started hot from the field and scored 11 of Briar Cliff’s first 16 points, but took a back seat to other scorers in the game as he finished with 14. He also had six rebounds and four assists on the day.
One scorer that picked up his game was Austin Roetman, who finished with a season-high 10 points in the win. Andy Geelan scored his first four points as a Charger while Wil Johnson, Jake Carley and Quinten Vasa also scored their first career points for the Blue and Gold.
“I was happy to see a lot of guy step up today,” Svagera said. “It’s always nice to get some new faces in. Those guys work hard in practice and they deserve to be rewarded.”
Briar Cliff moves to 10-1 on the season and returns to GPAC action on Wednesday with a makeup game against Northwestern in Orange City, Iowa. The Chargers sit in second place in the conference with a 6-1 league record. Dakota State dropped to 2-9 on the year.