Kleinhesselink poured in a new season high 31 points on 11-of-14 shooting, 5-for-6 on 3-pointers, and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. He also added five rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Vesey put up a career-high 29 points, going 10-for-12 from the floor, 7-of-9 from deep, and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Vesey grabbed five boards, dished out two assists, and had five steals.
“I thought the guys stayed with our game plan and executed for 40 minutes tonight to get a win on the road,” said head coach Mark Svagera.
Both offenses were ready from the start, as the two teams combined to shoot 15-for-18 in the first seven minutes of action. A pair of free throws from Nick Hoyt tied the game at 20-20 with 12:34 left in the first half. The Broncos largest lead of the night was six with 9:40 remaining in the first half, after a Ben Juhl 2-point basket. BC answered with a 9-2 run to take a 37-34 lead with 4:18 remaining.
Vesey and Kleinhesselink paced the Chargers in the first 20 minutes with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Ben Juhl was key for the Broncos in the first half with 18 points, as the Cliff took a 46-41 lead into the break.
Briar Cliff set the tone in the first five minutes of the second half, connecting on five 3-pointers (3 from Kleinhesselink) in route to a 17-3 run to take a 63-44 lead. The Cliff extended their lead to 29 points after Vesey’s seventh 3-pointer of the night, with 3:22 left.
“We really cranked up our defensive intensity to start the second half and forced some turnovers which led to easy baskets,” said Svagera.
Nick Hoyt added 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting, and Quinten Vasa grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and dished out four assists. BC connected on a season-high 19 3-pointers on 36 attempts (53%) and held a 21-to-9 assist to turnover ratio.
“I really like how our guys are bought in to what we are doing right now,” said Svagera. “We are excited to continue pushing forward!”
Hastings held the edge in rebounding 31-27 and points in the paint 36-28. Ben Juhl led the Broncos with 30 points and Karson Gansebom chipped in 15 points.
BC is on a four-game win streak and move to 9-7 overall and 6-5 in the GPAC. The Chargers is back in the Newman Flanagan Center Saturday, hosting the Doane Tigers. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.
A strong second quarter was once again the difference for the Briar Cliff women’s basketball team as the Chargers outscored the Hastings Broncos 24-11 in the second 10 minutes en route to a 78-70 win.
“We came to play from the start tonight,” said head coach Brita Hand. “We missed a few easy shots early on that we normal make, but we continued to defend and shoot with confidence which showed in the second quarter tonight.”
Payton Slaughter and Konnor Sudmann both recorded a double-double in the Charger win. Slaughter put up a season-best 21 points and matched her season-high in rebounds with 11. Sudmann had 19 points and 10 rebounds while dishing out a game-high six assists.
Hastings led 16-13 after the first period of play but the Cliff dominated in the second, shooting nearly 53 percent from the field and going 3-for-3 from long range in that time. Madelyn Deitchler led BC with seven points in the quarter while Kennedy Benne and Kaegan Held added five each.
Briar Cliff led by 10 points at halftime and extended that lead to as many as 18 (72-54) with 3:34 to play. The Broncos dug in on their home court, however, and clawed back to within just four points thanks to a 16-2 run over the next three minutes to make for an exciting finish.
Sudmann and Slaughter sank two free throws each in the final 25 seconds to seal the win for the Cliff.
“Konnor, Payton, Maddie, Kennedy and Josie all gave us great minutes from the start and Kaegan and Mya gave us great minutes off the bench,” Hand added. “Anytime you can go on the road in the GPAC and get a W it’s a good night!”
Kaitlyn Schmit scored 18 points for the Broncos and Taylor Beacom added 14. The Broncos edged the Chargers in a number of categories, including points off turnovers (28-25) and bench points (25-7).
With an 11-4 mark, the Chargers have matched their win total from a season ago with 10 games to play in the regular season. The team sits second in the GPAC standings with a 9-3 conference mark. BC will return home to the Newman Flanagan Center to host Doane Saturday at the Newman Flanagan Center.