The Mount Marty men are in Sioux City to face the Briar Cliff Chargers, who are the top team in the GPAC at 5-1 and 15-3 overall. Mount Marty is 2-5 in the conference and 4-13 overall. The last time Mount Marty faced the top team in the conference, the Lancers beat Sioux Falls at Laddie E. Cimpl Arena.
Briar Cliff started with a 9-0 run, but Mount Marty came right back with a 10-0 run. The two teams have traded baskets now and the Chargers have a 14-12 lead with 13:30 left. Jared Wall didn’t start, I think because of injury, but I am not sure. Jeff Viereck started in his place.
Wall is sick and missing the game, but Mount Marty is hot right now and has a 23-19 lead over Briar Cliff with 10:07 left in the first half. Fast paced game so far.
Briar Cliff calls a time-out with 5:29 left in the first half and the game is tied at 23-23. The Chargers have turned the ball over 8 times, but the Lancers haven’t scored in over five minutes.
Not much scoring in the last five minutes by either team, as Briar Cliff goes into halftime with a 28-26 lead over mount Marty.
Mount Marty scores the first four points of the second half, but Briar Cliff has tied it up at 32-32 with 14:50 to go in the game.
Justin Peters gets the bone-head play of the night already. With Mount Marty down 39-36, Peters had a clear lane to the basket for the lay-up. He decides he is going to dunk the ball and it hits the rim and Briar Cliff gets the rebound. The Chargers are now up 42-36, with the help of Justin Peters.
Peters redeems himself with a bucket in transition to stop an 8-0 Briar Cliff run. MMC now down 43-41 after Dan Harmon gets a bucket underneath. He will held to the line after being fouled on the shot. His shot is no good though. 7:52 to go.
Cody Ball has an assist to Viereck and then a lay-up and was fouled, then made the free throw to put Mount Marty up 46-45 with 4:06 to go in the game against Briar Cliff.
BC turns the ball over again. It’s the Chargers fourth turnover it their last five possessions as Mount Marty is on a 9-2 run. 46 -45 MMC 3:54 to go.
Lancers call a time-out with 2:03 to go, up 46-45. Trey Krier has missed back-to-back three’s, just missed both of them too, but Briar Cliff is 1-9 shooting and four turnover lately.
Mount Marty can’t hit anything right now and Briar Cliff is starting to find its offense at the right time. Vander Feen hits a 3 and then three free throws has put Briar Cliff up 50-46 with 35 seconds left.
Mo Smeader only hits one free throw to put Briar Cliff up 51-46, and the Lancers respond with a bucket down low by Peters to keep MMC in the game, down 51-48 with 16 seconds to go.
Chargers win 52-48 over Mount Marty. Going to get interviews and write the story. Thanks for following.