The Briar Cliff men’s basketball team led wire-to-wire in a contest with Dakota State Friday night in Aberdeen, S.D. with the Chargers ending the night with a 92-80 victory.
The Blue and Gold jumped out to a 7-0 lead with Jackson Lamb opening the scoring with a basket followed by an Andy Geelan bucket and three free throws from Ethan Freidel after being fouled on a 3-point attempt.
Briar Cliff would extend its lead to as many as 15 points, but after heading into the locker rooms leading by 13 at half the game hovered between a 6- to 12-point margin the rest of the night.
“We had some good streches both offensively and defensively,” said head coach Mark Svagera. “Unfortunately, I don’t think we ever put those together to extend our lead.
“That’s something we need to work on moving forward, but I thought when it came down to it we got a couple of big stops on defense and made a lot of free throws down the stretch to get out of there with the victory.”
Lamb was the leading scorer in the game with 25 points. Freidel added 16 for BC while Austin Roetman and Jaden Kleinhesselink also reached double figures with 14 and 11, respectively. Kleinhesselink recorded a double-double by adding 10 rebounds to his stat line, a career high for the sophomore. Kleinhesselink also tied for the team-high in assists with three, a mark matched by Lamb. Lamb recorded three steals to lead all players.
Three Dakota State players had double-digit scoring performances with Josh McGreal (21), Gare Awefada (15) and Carson Rentz (14). Rentz was 4-for-9 on 3-pointers as the Trojans outshot the Cliff from the outside in both total 3’s made (9-8) and 3-point field goal percentage (39%-38%). Briar Cliff outrebounded DSU 36-23 and had more success from the field and at the charity stripe. The Chargers shot 59% overall and hit 20-of-23 free throws for 87%. Dakota State shot 46% from the field and 73% from the line (11-for-15).
The win keeps Briar Cliff’s record clean at 4-0 this year. Meanwhile, Dakota State is still looking for its first win as the Trojans dropped to 0-7 this season. The Chargers will play another game in Aberdeen on Saturday against the host for the weekend, Presentation. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.