HASTINGS, Neb. | There’s now a tie atop the Great Plains Athletic Conference men’s basketball standings.
Fourth-ranked Briar Cliff saw an eight-game winning streak come to an end following Wednesday night’s 96-72 loss to Hastings. Coach Mark Svagera’s Chargers are now tied for first-place 8-2 GPAC marks with No. 9 Morningside, which ran its winning streak to four games with a 98-87 win over Mount Marty.
Briar Cliff (19-3) shot 34.3 percent. Erich Erdman, who entered the game third in the league with a 20.1 scoring average, was held to 10 points while Jay Wolfe, the league’s fourth scorer at 18.9 points, tallied only 10.
Austin Roetman came off the bench to also score 10 points for the Chargers, who trailed 43-37 at halftime, then shot 30.6 percent in the game’s final 20 minutes.
Hastings, paced by Tyler Hedlund’s 22 points, shot 58.2 percent.
Briar Cliff will host No. 10 Northwestern on Saturday.