SIOUX CITY, Iowa – A hot Briar Cliff team led visiting Concordia from start to finish as the Chargers went on for a 103-61 victory in Sioux City, Iowa, on Saturday. The Bulldogs struggled again on the defensive end in falling to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
“Obviously it was a disappointing performance,” Concordia head coach Ben Limback said. “We had some early foul trouble with some key guys and we didn’t give enough effort defensively and on the boards. It really dug us a hole. We’re not good enough right now to recover from 18 points down at the half.”
The Chargers blitzed the Bulldogs from the beginning, jumping out to a 10-2 lead before pushing their advantage to as many as 20 points in the first half. Concordia would not threaten Briar Cliff’s stranglehold the rest of the way.
The numbers tell the story as Briar Cliff shot 55.6 percent to Concordia’s 31.6 percent. The Chargers also held a 2-to-1 rebounding advantage with 52 boards to the Bulldogs’ 26.
Sophomore Robby Thomas came off the bench on Saturday and had a solid day with 17 points, six rebounds and a blocked shot. He tied Adam Vogt for the team scoring lead. Chandler Folkerts also reached double figures with 10 points.
Meanwhile, Briar Cliff placed a dozen different players in the scoring column, topped by Bryan Forbes’ game high 18 points.
After allowing Morningside to make 13 of 21 attempts from long range a week ago, Concordia surrendered 55.0 percent 3-point shooting (11-for-20) to Briar Cliff.
The Bulldogs will play for the final time prior to the Thanksgiving holiday when they welcome No. 23 Hastings for an 8 p.m. tip off on Tuesday. The Broncos swept last season’s two meetings. Hastings entered the weekend at 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the GPAC.