Jackson Lamb knew he was going to have to step up in a big way in his senior season and came out firing Tuesday night, scoring 49 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the Chargers’ 116-112 double overtime win over Graceland. The Yellowjackets, two years removed from an NAIA DI National Championship, drop to 0-2 on the season.
Lamb’s 49 points are four shy of making the Cliff record books, as the top-5 list ends with 53 points in a game by Rolando Frazer in 1980 and Steve Brandon in 1974. Mario Galvez holds the BC record with 61 points against Marycrest in 1986. The 49-point performance is a BC best since joining the GPAC.
Lamb went 15-for-23 from the field and 10-for-16 from beyond the arc in the contest. Ten 3-pointers in a game matches the school record set by Taylor Murren in 2012. It is a record for 3-pointers in the Newman Flanagan Center. The previous home court record of nine treys was last done by now-assistant Bryan Forbes against Morningside in January of 2017.
Lamb also moves into second on BC’s all-time 3-pointers list with 275, 83 off Clay Harreld’s 358. As a team, the Chargers sank 23 3-point shots, which breaks the previous top mark of 21, set by the Cliff in the 2015-16 season.
“We’ve put a lot of hard work in throughout the years,” said Lamb. “My teammates did an awesome job using each other’s strengths tonight and it feels nice to start the year with a win.”
Both halves of regulation went back-and-forth, with neither team leading by more than six points in either half. Lamb hit a free throw with 13 seconds left in the contest to put the Chargers up by three points, but the Yellowjackets responded with a 3-pointer by Doc Self in the closing seconds to send the game to overtime.
Self hit another three to open the first overtime period, but Ethan Freidel made one of his seven threes 13 seconds later to knot the game at 88 all. BC did not lead at all in the first OT and trailed by as many as five before clawing back to a 97-97 tie to force a second overtime.
Freidel hit back-to-back threes to open the second extra frame and BC would not give up the lead again. The Cliff went up by seven with 2:02 on the clock and held off Graceland to open the season at 1-0.
“I’m really proud of the way our guys played tonight and really our resolve to find a way to win that game,” said head coach Mark Svagera. “There were a lot of times it didn’t look great for us but guys just stuck with it, they stayed together and they found a way to make some big time plays on the offensive side and come up with a couple desperately needed stops on the defensive side.”
Freidel scored 32 points of his own in the win, one off his career best. Sammy Green dished out a career-high nine assists on the night and Andy Geelan was second on the team in rebounds, pulling down six in his first career start. Nick Hoyt was a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point land in his first collegiate contest.
“We had a couple outstanding offensive performances,” added Svagera. “Jackson Lamb and Ethan Freidel both played really well and got it going from the 3-point line. That had a huge impact on the game. But I thought we had a lot of strong contributions from multiple guys in the starting lineup and on the bench. All in all, I’m really proud of our guys.”
Virgil Walker Jr. scored 26 points for Graceland and Dhimani added 20 off the bench. Nick Coleman had six assists.
The Cliff will now look ahead to a pair of weekend contests at the Bellevue Classic in Bellevue, Neb. The Chargers will take on #22 Bellevue Friday night before playing Nebraska Christian on Saturday afternoon.