Tigers Downed by Hot Shooting Chargers
The Tigers ran into a red-hot Briar Cliff team on Saturday afternoon as they fell at the hands of the Chargers, 82-78. Briar Cliff shot 59.3 percent from the floor, including 65.2 percent in the second half. Doane shot 42.6 percent from the floor in the game.
The Tigers went back-and-forth with the Chargers through the first 10 minutes of play, but Briar Cliff went on a 12-3 run over then next five minutes to take a 29-22 lead. Briar Cliff led 41-36 at halftime.
Doane was able to knot the game at 45-45 just 2:15 into the second half. Briar Cliff then went on a 12-2 run over 3:24 of play to take a 57-47 lead. The Tigers continued to battle and eventually were able to take a 75-74 lead with 2:46 remaining in the game. Dehonis Williams was able to help the Chargers regain the lead with a basket at the 1:50 mark to put Briar Cliff ahead 76-75. Doane tied the game with a free throw by Dane Cruz with 1:15 remaining. The Chargers took the lead for good on a Neil Rohe jumper with 59 seconds left to play. After the Tigers were unable to convert on their next possession, they were forced to foul and Briar Cliff went 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the final 20 seconds to seal the victory.
Doane was led by Brent Cole's 25 points and seven rebounds. Cruz added 18 points and Todd Kraus chipped in 13. Kraus had a team-high three steals.
Briar Cliff was led by Neil Rohe and Dehonis Williams. The two combined to score 36 points, 18 points apiece.
The Chargers out-rebounded the Tigers 30-28 and committed 18 turnovers compared to Doane's 13. Doane was 19-of-24 from the free throw line while Briar Cliff was 9-of-10.
Doane will host Nebraska Wesleyan University on January 30 at 7:30 p.m.