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(18)Briar Cliff
(RV)Morningside College
Men's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 15, 2017

The 18th-ranked Briar Cliff men's basketball team moved into first place in the GPAC standings with a 95-88 road victory over Morningside on Wednesday night. The win, paired with a loss by Northwestern to Dakota Wesleyan, propelled the Chargers to the top of the conference standings and BC will now play for a chance at its second-straight conference championship on Saturday afternoon at Hastings at 4 p.m. A win by the Chargers seals the championship, while a loss would send them into a three or four team tie for first place. Briar Cliff is now 23-6 overall and 13-4 in league play, while Morningside dropped to 20-8 overall and 10-7 in the GPAC.

Briar Cliff led by one point at the half of the contest with Morningside, heading to the locker room with a 45-44 edge. The Chargers then sealed the win down the stretch, outscoring the Mustangs 50-44 after the break. The game was tied 11 times and there were eight lead changes. Morningside outrebounded the Cliff 36-32, had a 7-12 edge in turnovers and also had an 18-10 advantage in free throws made but all of that was wiped away by the Chargers dropping 17 threes on the Mustangs, compared to Morningside only hitting six shots from long range. BC shot 54.0 percent from the field, 48.6 percent from long range and 71.4 percent from the free throw line, compared to Morningside shooting 47.1 percent from the field, 30.0 percent from 3-point land and 85.7 percent from the charity stripe.

The starting five for the Chargers carried the offense in this one with all five players making their way into double-digits. Shane Graves, Bryan Forbes and Jordan Eisma all poured in 19 points for BC, with Erich Erdman adding 18 points and Jay Wolfe chipped in 10 points. Eisma and Forbes both nearly had double-doubles with both players pulling down eight rebounds to go with their 19 points. Erdman dished out five assists with Graves adding four helpers and Forbes had two blocks and two steals. Forbes hit four shots from long range, while Graves, Eisma and Erdman all added three triples.

Tyler Borchers was the leading scorer for the Mustangs with 22 points and posted a double-double with 13 rebounds as well. Ryan Tegtmeier added 13 points, Bryce Koch had 12 points and Alex Borchers was also in double figures with 11 points.

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