Nebraska Wesleyan trailed by just four points at halftime, but a 7:00 minute scoring drought allowed Briar Cliff to pull away in the second half for a 65-50 victory over the Prairie Wolves in Great Plains Athletic Conference men's basketball action on Wednesday night (Dec. 1) at the Newman Flanagan Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Chargers, ranked No. 4 in this week's NAIA II Top 25, outscored NWU, 31-20, in the second half. The big spurt happened early in the second half after Dyland Aylward hit a free throw to pull NWU with 42-38. The Prairie Wolves would then be held scoreless for the next seven minutes until Bryce Arp hit a lay-up at the 8:58 mark. By that time Briar Cliff had scored 12 unanswered points and led 54-38. NWU never got within single digits the rest of the contest.
Bryce Arp had a career-game going 9-10 from the floor for a career-high 23 points. He was the lone NWU player in double figures and scored nearly half of the Prairie Wolves points.
Briar Cliff used a balanced scoring attack, but the Chargers were held well under the average offensive output. Kyle Semprini scored 11 points and Matt Geelan had 10 to pace the Chargers.
NWU falls to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the GPAC and will look to bounce back this Saturday with a GPAC home game against Mount Marty College at 4 p.m.