Clarke University overcame a 10-point second half deficit Saturday afternoon and went on to post an 82-76 non-conference men's basketball road win over Briar Cliff University.
Coach Jerry Drymon's Crusaders, who improved to 3-1 overall, turned things around with the press. Clarke trailed by 41-40 at intermission, but Briar Cliff came out fast in the second half and outscored the Crusaders 11-2 in the opening four minutes to extend its lead to 52-42. But Clarke didn't fold. Franz Winkler's three-point field goal with 9:49 remaining in contest capped off a 23-2 Clarke run that put the Crusaders up 65-54. Briar Cliff would get no closer than five points down the stretch.
Sophomore guard David Neis led Clarke with 18 assists and six assists, while sophomore forward Phil Hansen added 17 points. The Crusaders also had double-figure scoring performances from junior guard David Howard, 15 points, and senior guard/forward John Hedrington, 11 points.
Hedrington had five of Clarke's 15 steals. Briar Cliff was guilty of 21 turnovers. The Crusaders were guilty of 15 miscues.
Junior forward Dominique McKinzie led Clarke on the boards with seven rebounds.
Zach Otting led Briar Cliff (2-2) with a game-high 29 points.
Clarke will entertain Trinity International in its home debut on Wednesday, Nov. 13.