Briar Cliff went 32-4 last season and won the GPAC championship.
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The Briar Cliff men's basketball team set a school record for wins last season, going 32-4. The Chargers won the GPAC and went to the Elite 8 at the NAIA national tournament. So what does BCU do for an encore?
The Chargers have seven seniors, including Siouxland products Shane Graves and Austin Lefler. Graves, from Bishop Heelan, was a second-team all-GPAC pick, leading the team in assists while averaging 12 points per game. Lefler, a Lawton-Bronson grad, averaged nine points per game and was third on the team in steals and assists.
Fellow senior Bryan Forbes averaged almost 14 points per game. All that experience should lead to another big year.
"We've played with each other so long, so we kind of know what each other does on the court," said Graves. "We know how to talk to each other, how to react to each other. All that little stuff comes together and it can really make something special."
"Despite how everything went last year, losing that Elite 8 really, really hurt and stung," said head coach Nic Nelson. "So I think the guys have really come back with the mindset of trying to push it and maybe go even further if possible."
"It's a new team this year. We have new goals, higher goals," said Lefler. "We just got to keep focusing on those and trying to get better every single day."
Briar Cliff opens the season November 1st at Mount Mercy. The first home game is November 5th against Mayville State.