The BC men’s basketball team led from start to finish Wednesday night at the Newman Flanagan Center and held off a late Dordt charge to pick up a key GPAC win 89-79.
Dordt, ranked #21 in the country, was able to pull within two points with eight minutes remaining in the game, but a Jackson Lamb 3-point shot on the next possession gave the Chargers the spark they needed to finish the game.
Jay Wolfe had an all-around great night for the eighth-ranked Chargers, scoring 17 points, pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out four assists. He also went 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Erich Erdman led the home team in scoring with 21 points and added five assists before leaving the game in the final five minutes with an injury.
The Defenders were led by Alec Henrickson’s 19 points and six rebounds off the bench. Chad Barkema added 17 points and Garrett Franken pulled down 12 boards.
The Blue and Gold shot 34-for-74 from the field (45.9%) and 12-for-39 from 3-point range (33.3%). They finished 8-of-13 on free throw attempts (61.5%).
Dordt was 40.5% in field goal shooting, 36% from beyond the arc and 46.7% from the charity stripe.
Briar Cliff improved to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in GPAC play while Dordt fell to 8-5 on the season and 2-4 in the conference.
The Chargers will be back in action Saturday at 3 p.m. when they host Dakota State in a non-conference matchup.
A devastating third quarter was too much to overcome for Briar Cliff as the Chargers fell 76-55 to #15 Dordt in women’s basketball Wednesday night at the Newman Flanagan Center.
The Defenders started strong and grabbed a nine point lead midway through the first quarter at 11-2. The Chargers continued to claw back into the contest and trailed just 16-11 after the first break. Briar Cliff even narrowed the deficit to just one point with an opportunity to take the lead at the five minute mark of the second quarter.
Unfortunately, a missed shot from the field and two missed free throws kept the advantage in Dordt’s favor and the road team was able to head into intermission leading 34-29. The Defenders padded their lead by outscoring the Chargers 25-6 in the third quarter to cruise to the victory.
“It was a battle that we forgot our weapons,” head coach Mike Power said. “We were disappointed that we didn’t show better. That isn’t who we are.”
Rachel Evavold was the top weapon for Dordt as she recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Reigning NAIA Player of the Week Erika Feenstra added 14 points.
Taylor Wagner led the Blue and Gold in scoring with 12 points. Faith Troshynski added 10 and Breanna Allen put up eight points off the bench. Madelyn Deitchler had a team-high seven rebounds, Alyssa Carley led the team with four assists and Taylor Vasa finished with a game-high five steals.
Dordt shot 42% from the field in the win, while Briar Cliff hit on just 25% of its shots. Both teams struggled from deep with the Chargers hitting on 6-of-28 on 3-pointers for 21.4%. Dordt made 5-of-26 3-pointers for a clip of 19.2%. Dordt finished at 65% from the free throw line, but down the stretch the Defenders were solid as they hit 10-of-12 shots from the charity stripe for 83.3% in the second half. Briar Cliff shot 65.4% from the free throw line.
The Chargers recorded 22 steals in the game and forced 25 total turnovers. Briar Cliff turned the ball over 20 times in the game as Dordt recorded 16 steals.
The win improved Dordt to 9-3 on the season and 4-3 in the GPAC. Briar Cliff dropped to 5-5 with a 2-5 league mark. The Chargers will look to bounce back on Saturday as the team heads to Omaha to take on College of Saint Mary at 2 p.m.