CRETE, Neb. | Erich Erdman scored five unanswered points in the final 28 seconds as fourth-ranked (NAIA Division II) Briar Cliff staved off an upset bid by Doane, 88-86, in a GPAC men’s basketball thriller here Wednesday.
Erdman, who poured in 30 points, hit two free throws with one second left providing the Chargers with their only lead of the game.
BCU trailed 86-83 when Erdman made a 3-pointer with 28 seconds remaining. Doane turned it over with 12 seconds left and Erdman was fouled while shooting in the closing second.
The Chargers (22-4) remained tied atop the GPAC standings with Morningside at 11-3. The Mustangs rolled past Hastings 95-65 on Wednesday night.
Doane (11-14, 5-9) led by as many as 18 points with 5:20 left in the first half and had the lead for a total of 37 minutes, 37 seconds. The score was tied for 2 minutes, 32 seconds.
The Tigers enjoyed a 49-33 halftime lead, but Briar Cliff began inching up at just about the midway point of the second half. Erdman made a conventional 3-point play at the 7:41 mark to pull his team within a point, but Doane answered and eventually built a 77-70 cushion with 3:50 remaining.
Blake Wiltgen made a layup with one minute left, tying it at 83-83, but Doane’s Quin Conner answered with a 3-pointer at the 36-second mark.
Wiltgen just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds for BCU, while Jackson Lamb contributed 15 points.
Doane lost despite shooting 62.5 percent from the field (30 of 48). Nick Kornieck led the Tigers with 27 points.