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Isaiah Workman of Midland University goes for a shot as Keith Moore of the Haskell Indians defends during a game earlier this season. Workman, a Gretna native, scored a career-high 26 points Wednesday night to lift the Warriors to a 103-94 win over Briar Cliff.

Midland University made sure Isaiah Workman’s career-best night didn’t go to waste on Wednesday night.

Workman came off the bench to score 26 points and lead the Warriors to a 103-94 win over Briar Cliff at the Wikert Event Center.

The Chargers shot 62 percent from the field while the Warriors hit 63 percent of their field goal attempts. Workman only had one miss in 11 attempts from the floor and hit all six of his free throws.

“We’re really proud of the way our guys competed tonight against one of the better teams in our conference,” Midland coach Oliver Drake said.

The win improves Midland to 8-4 overall, including 2-3 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Chargers fall to 11-2 overall, including 3-1 in the league.

Workman, a 6-foot-5 sophomore from Gretna, also had five assists. Chase Parsons added 22 points while TK Dixson had 20 points and five assists. Fremont native Ryan Williams had 14 points and four assists before fouling out. Nick Wood came off the bench to score 11 points.

“We still have a long ways to go, but our bench play stepped up and played their best game of the year thus far,” Drake said. “Their play won us the game tonight. We had guys step up when we called upon them and needed them the most. We are excited to see where this performance takes us.”

Parsons hit a trio of 3-point field goals on his way to 13 first-half points. Williams added nine as the Warriors led 55-46 at the break.

The Chargers closed to 64-59 on a Jay Wolfe free throw with 14:11 left, but Workman had four points during an 8-0 MU run to give the Warriors a 13-point cushion.

The Chargers battled back and pulled to within 93-89 on a pair of Jackson Lamb free throws with 2:04 remaining. The Warriors, though, never relinquished the lead as Workman, Parsons and Dixson hit key free throws down the stretch.

Wolfe led five Briar Cliff players in double figures with 22 points. Ethan Freidel added 17 points while Blake Wiltgen and Lamb had 15 each. Erich Erdman contributed 10.

The Warriors will face Dordt, 7-7 overall and 2-2 in the GPAC, at 4 Saturday afternoon in the Wikert Event Center.

Box Score

BRIAR CLIFF (94)

Blake Wiltgen 7-9 1-3 3 15, Jackson Lamb 4-8 4-4 1 15, Erich Erdman 3-4 2-2 5 10, Nic Lutmer 2-3 0-0 3 5, Tommy Leininger 0-1 0-0 0 0, Jay Wolfe 6-9 8-9 4 22, Ethan Freidel 5-10 3-4 3 17, Dylan Janecek 2-4 1-3 2 5, Austin Roetman 2-2 0-0 1 5. Totals — 31-50 19-25 24 94.

MIDLAND (103)

Chase Parsons 7-17 5-7 1 22, TK Dixson 6-10 4-6 4 20, Ryan Williams 5-7 3-4 1 14, Reggie Gradwell 1-4 0-0 2 3, Marti Fonolla 0-1 0-0 3 0, Isaiah Workman 10-11 6-6 3 26, Nick Wood 5-5 1-1 0 11, Darrin Clark 2-2 0-1 0 4, Tyler Craven 1-2 0-0 3 3. Totals — 37-59 19-25 21 103.

3-point field goals — Lamb 3, Erdman 2, Lutmer, Wolfe 2, Freidel 4, Roetman 1, Parsons 3, Dixson 4, Williams, Gradwell, Craven. Rebounds: BC 21 (Wolfe 5), MU 28 (Gradwell 6). Turnovers: BC 12, MU 9. Assists: BC 12 (Janecek 4), MU 19 (Workman 5, Dixson 5).

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