The 18th-ranked Briar Cliff men's basketball team extended its win streak to eight games, its longest of the season, on Saturday afternoon with an 83-74 victory over Concordia on Senior Day at the Newman Flanagan Center. The win was also BC's ninth in a row at home and avenged an 87-79 loss to the Bulldogs earlier this season in Seward, Nebraska. The win broke a six game win streak by Concordia, dropping them to 18-9 overall and 7-8 in the GPAC, while the Chargers improved to 22-6 overall and 12-4 in league play.
Turnovers were a key to the game as the Cliff only gave the ball away nine times and forced Concordia into 21 giveaways, with the Chargers converting those into a 23-12 edge in points off turnovers. The Charger bench also gave BC a jolt with 38 points, highlighted by Erich Erdman scoring a team-high 17 points and Blake Wiltgen added 12 points as a reserve. Both teams buried eight three in the contest and shot well from the field with Concordia making 54.3 percent of its attempts and Briar Cliff shot 50.8 percent from the field. The Chargers were able to overcome a rebounding deficit of 31-24 thanks to a 10-1 edge in steals.
The Chargers started five seniors on the afternoon with Jordan Comstock, Shane Graves, Austin Lefler, Jordan Eisma and Bryan Forbes all getting the start on Senior Day. Graves dropped in 16 points and Forbes added 15 to go with four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Wiltgen grabbed a team leading five rebounds and Jay Wolfe had three steals.
Concordia was led by Clay Reimers with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Eli Ziegler netter 18 points and Chandler Folkerts had 13 points and nine rebounds.
Briar Cliff will look to continue its winning ways on Wednesday night, heading across town to battle Morningside. The Chargers and Mustangs will square-off at 8 p.m.