All 16 players that suited for the Blue and Gold recorded points as the Briar Cliff men’s basketball team dismantled Nebraska Christian 115-69 at the BU Classic in Bellevue, Neb.
Jackson Lamb led the way for the Chargers with 18 points as Ethan Freidel (13), Quinn Vesey (12) and Conner Groves (11) joined Lamb in double figures. Three players came close to joining the double-digit club as Jaden Kleinhesselink, Nick Hoyt and Thomas Hensley all finished with nine points.
“Today was a great way to finish the first week of the year,” said head coach Mark Svagera. “We had great contributions from the entire roster.”
Briar Cliff started strong with the game’s first six points and never looked back. The Chargers got up 14-3 with 16:48 left in the first half and Nebraska Christian never pulled within single digits. The Sentinels were led by Drue Aguilera’s 15 points. Semaj Shepheard scored 12 off the bench for Nebraska Christian.
The 115 points for Briar Cliff is the highest total in a regulation contest for the Cliff since a 118-59 win against Mount Marty in 2016. The Chargers connected on 55% from the field (38-for-69), 47% on 3-pointers (21-for-45) and 75% from the free throw line (18-for-24). The 21 made 3-pointers would have tied a school record in a game if not for Tuesday night’s double overtime contest that the Chargers connected on 23 from beyond the arc.
The Cliff outrebounded Nebraska Christian 42-36 as the Chargers had 24 assists to nine turnovers. The Sentinels turned the ball over 19 times with 10 assists. Briar Cliff had a 27-10 edge in points off of turnovers while also collecting more points in the paint by a 34-26 margin.
The loss was the first this season for Nebraska Christian as the Sentinels now stand at 2-1.
Briar Cliff moved to 3-0 and will partake in another weekend tournament as the team is set to play in the PC Classic hosted by Presentation next weekend. The first game for the Cliff at that event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Friday when the Chargers face Dakota State. The Chargers will face the host Saints on Saturday at 7 p.m.
“We’re excited to get back to work in practice and clean some things up before next weekend’s games,” Svagera noted.