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(RV)Morningside College
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Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 25, 2017

The Briar Cliff men's basketball team will be making its second-straight trip to the GPAC Championship after defeating Morningside 87-72 today at the Newman Flanagan Center in the GPAC Semifinals. The Chargers, now 26-6 overall this season and winners of 12-straight games, will host the Red Raiders (24-6) in the GPAC Championship game on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. after Northwestern defeated Dakota Wesleyan 84-65 in the other conference semifinal.

Briar Cliff held a seven point lead at the half (44-37) and outscored Morningside 43-35 in the second half to post the 15 point win. The game was tied four times and featured four lead changes but BC was able to pull away in the second half, leading by as many as 19 points with 6:41 left in the game. The Chargers used 16 triples to notch the victory as the team currently leads the nation with 12.4 threes per game as the team has only failed to make at least 10 long balls in game in eight of its 32 games. BC also used 15 turnovers by Morningside to hold a 22-4 edge in points off turnovers. The Chargers shot 50.0 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from the arc and 90.0 percent from the free throw line, compared to 46.2 percent from the field for the Mustangs, 31.3 percent from long range and 100 percent from the stripe.

Bryan Forbes became the all-time leader in games played at Briar Cliff, appearing in his 130th game for the Chargers and nearly had a double-double with 17 points and eight rebounds. Shane Graves moved into first place on the all-time assists list with eight in the game to give him 467 for his career, passing Jeff Donaldson's 459. Graves added 15 points and two steals. Jay Wolfe was the leading scorer for the Chargers with 19 points, while Erich Erdman and Jackson Lamb both made their way into double figures as well with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Erdman and Lamb both sank four 3-points, followed by Wolfe and Forbes with three apiece.

Tyler Borchers paced Morningside in points with 17 and Ryan Tegtmeier added 14 points. Bryce Koch also reached double-digits with 12 points.

 
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