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Tigers fall to Briar Cliff in first GPAC battle of season

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Tigers fall to Briar Cliff in first GPAC battle of season
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- In its first Great Plains Athletic Conference matchup of the year, the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team fell to Briar Cliff 76-71 Saturday.

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The Tigers, who held an eight-point lead with about six minutes to play, were led by Jalen Voss' double-double. The sophomore forward scored a team-high 15 points and added 12 rebounds.

DWU head coach Shane Murphy said Voss' contributions on both ends of the floor have great impacts on the team.

"He's a guy that is really doing a great job controlling the middle of the floor for us," Murphy said. "I couldn't be happier with what we're getting out of him, and we need to figure out how to use him more offensively because he can do great things for us."

Danny Maman and Carde Pennington each added 12 points for the Tigers, who are 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the GPAC. Bo LaCroix added 10 points off the bench.

The Tigers shot 48 percent from the field and were 7-of-12 from the free-throw line. Both teams finished with 39 rebounds. DWU led 62-54 with 6:04 left to play after a LaCroix layup, but Briar Cliff went on an 10-0 run to take a 64-62 lead. From there, the Tigers never regained control.

"We had some crucial turnovers, and we didn't capitalize on our free throws when we had the chance to," Murphy said.

Briar Cliff, which shot 33 percent from the field, was led by Jake Shipley's 22 points. Zach Otting had 18 points and John Engler and Ricky Torres each added 10.

The Tigers travel to the South Dakota Tech Thanksgiving Classic starting Friday. DWU plays the University of Great Falls at 5 p.m. Central time in Rapid City.

BRIAR CLIFF 76,

DAKOTA WESLEYAN 71

DWU (2-3, 0-1 GPAC)

Mike Lee 3-7 0-0 7, Danny Maman 5-10 1-2 12, Luke Bamberg 2-3 1-2 5, Aireus Stephenson 2-9 0-1 6, Jalen Voss 6-11 3-4 15, Carde Pennington 5-9 0-0 12, Kris Menning 0-0 0-0 0, Bo LaCroix 5-10 0-0 10, Jade Miller 1-3 2-2 4. Totals: 29-62 7-12 71.

Briar Cliff (5-2, 1-1 GPAC)

Taylor Murren 1-9 0-0 3, John Engler 5-6 0-1 10, Jake Shipley 8-18 6-7 22, Turney Fahey 1-8 3-4 5, Michael Collison 0-3 0-0 0, Ricky Torres 3-6 3-3 10, Clay Harreld 2-4 0-0 4, Zach Otting 6-10 4-4 18, Austin Homan 2-2 0-0 4. Totals: 28-66 16-19 76.

Halftime: Tied at 29. Rebounds: DWU 39 (Voss 12), BC 39 (Torres 6). Assists: DWU 7 (Maman 3), BC 10 (Fahey 4). Turnovers: DWU 12, BC 9. Total Fouls: DWU: 18, BC 16. Technical fouls: None.

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