Mount Marty defeated Briar Cliff in men’s basketball action on Wednesday in the Newman Flanagan Center, marking the first win for the Lancers in the series since 2005. Mount Marty showed its offensive firepower in the 110-96 victory.
The opening minutes looked like it would be same old same old as Briar Cliff jumped out to an 11-2 advantage. Mount Marty quickly showed that this is a new era of Lancer basketball, however, by scoring the next 12 points to take a 14-11 lead. The Chargers were never able to even things back up, despite getting within one point several times throughout the night.
Jackson Lamb started the night on fire with BC’s first eight points as he went into the halftime break with 17 points. Mount Marty cooled him off though, as he finished the night with 22. Jaden Kleinhesselink filled the void in the second half as he poured in 15 in the second stanza to finish the night with 20 points. Both players tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven. Kleinhesselink also led the team in assists with five.
Ethan Freidel made it three Chargers to hit 20 points as he tallied 21. Mount Marty also had multiple players surpass 20 points with Chris King leading all scorers with 26 and Colby Johnson finishing with 25. Saba Gvedashvili picked up the double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Lancers.
Offensively, the Chargers had a solid night from the field by hitting 35-of-68 from the field for 52% and 15-of-31 3-pointers for 48%. BC did have an uncharacterisic night from the free throw line with eight misses at the line. The Chargers finished 11-for-19 for 58%, but hit on just 50% from the line in the second half. Briar Cliff entered the night as the top team in the country at the free throw line, hitting on 84.5% for the season.
Mount Marty shot an incredible 62% from the field (47-for-76) and 50% from deep range (9-for-18). The Lancers had seven different players register steals and were credited with 11 assists for the night. Jordan Johnson led the team by dishing out five assists.
The Lancers outrebounded the Cliff 40-27 with a 7-5 edge in offensive rebounds.
The loss was the first of the year for Briar Cliff as the Chargers will take a 7-1 record on the road this Saturday to #25 Dordt. The Chargers are now 1-1 in GPAC play while the Defenders are 5-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play. Mount Marty improved to 8-2 on the year and moved to 2-1 in the GPAC.
After jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the first couple of minutes, the Briar Cliff women’s basketball team seemed to be on cruise control against Mount Marty. The Lancers made a late push to keep things interesting, but the Chargers wound up leading wire-to-wire in a 79-72 victory Wednesday night in the Newman Flanagan Center.
Madelyn Deitchler made the first couple of baskets in the game and never slowed down as she put up a career-high 26 points for the Blue and Gold. Alyssa Carley joined her in double figures with 14 points while Konnor Sudmann and Payton Slaughter each added nine.
The Cliff controlled things early in the low-scoring first half as the Chargers led 16-7 after the first 10 minutes and went into the halftime break up 37-25.
The Lancers offense made the adjustments to change the story in the second half, but BC stayed consistent with 21 points in quarters two through four. Mount Marty matched Briar Cliff with 21 in the third quarter before pouring in 26 in the final frame.
Mount Marty trailed by double digits the entire third quarter, but snuck within four in the final minutes before BC iced things away at the free throw line. In the final 65 seconds of the game the Chargers went 9-for-10 at the charity stripe. Briar Cliff was just 10-for-19 at the line before the final stretch.
Briar Cliff was outrebounded by a narrow margin on the night with the Lancers hauling in 43 boards to 42 for the Blue and Gold. Mount Marty had 19 offensive rebounds to 13 for the Cliff. Mount Marty made it more of a habit to shoot from deep range as the Lancers were 11-for-38 on 3-pointers for 29%. Briar Cliff also hit on 29%, going 6-for-21 from deep. The Cliff had a significant edge on its shooting percentage from the field, hitting on 47% of shots (27-for-58) while the Lancers shot 36% (25-for-70).
The Chargers had 18 assists on the night with 19 turnovers. Payton Slaughter led all players with six assists. Mount Marty had 15 assists and 20 turnovers as a team. The Lancers were led on the night offensively by Karlee McKinney with 17 points. Hannah Williams had a double-double for the visitors with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Shannon Sokolowski and Slaughter each had six rebounds to tie for the team lead for BC.
The win snapped a four-game skid for Briar Cliff as the Chargers improved to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in GPAC play. Mount Marty dropped its third straight after starting 4-0 with the Lancers now 4-3 overall and 0-3 in league play.
Briar Cliff returns to action on Saturday with a meeting against #5 Dordt (8-1, 2-1 GPAC). That game tips off at 2 p.m. in Sioux Center, Iowa.